1000 Words About … Mangroves!
Travellers downunder don’t generally associate South Australia’s Adelaide with mangroves*. Nor do they associate Adelaide with St Kilda**!
But once past the tremendous view over the samphire flats to the Adelaide Hills, the mangrove boardwalk in tiny seaside enclave of St Kilda transports visitors into another world.
And was once the setting of a dastardly rip-off that still assaults our finely tuned sense of outrage whenever we think of it.
On our previous visit, a sign proclaimed that the mangrove boardwalk and education centre entry fee had been reduced because storm damage meant back-tracking if one wished to see all parts of the circuit walk . After slipping our irretrievable payment into the honesty box, we found that a) the education centre wasn’t open; b) only 500m of the 2+ km track was accessible; and c) the entry fee clearly wasn’t being spent on maintenance!
Yes, I get that if this is my biggest problem I’m having an easy life … BUT HOW DARE THEY?!?!
Today, however, boardwalk entry is free – for the same 500m stretch we walked last time. As I inhaled the beauty of spring in Adelaide, my sense of outrage evaporated.
Who cares about a measly few dollars when photos like these*** are mine for the taking??
* More common further north than South Australia
** The more well known version of St Kilda is in Melbourne!
*** 3 photos = 3000 words. I lied.