Two bumbling blokes went hiking one day.
The two blokes caught a bus from the city to Crafers where they had a few pints and some pate at the pub. They stumbled down the hill to the old freeway and found the path across some of the steepest and wealthiest rolling green hills down to Mitcham, and found another pub. There they had dinner (average) and caught a bus home.
What’s the go then?
They like hiking…and they like beer. Walking between pubs is a thing in the city, and hiking between pubs is a thing overseas. The idea is to hike between pubs. This means some of the walk has to be through the bush…on tracks…getting into nature and finding a way out…to another pub.
Total return price was $18.10. If you want to drink beer too when you hike, it’s much cheaper this way. Yes…drink beer. Public transport can take you to some trail entry and exit points (or get you close to them). You can get timetables on Google maps, just google someplace to some other place, select the google maps option, and at the top of the map, flick the route guide to the little bus symbol. You can use Adelaide Metro as well. Once you’re in the city, it’s easy enough to find a bus to anywhere else in Adelaide.
The blokes found a bus to Crafers (864), they run all the time.
The Crafers Hotel is on the main street close to the bus stop. The blokes walked into the lounge that morning and found some excellent leather armchairs by the crackling fire. They ordered some pints of hills craft beers and the menu basically rendered them powerless to resist ordering something at least.
Cleland Conservation Park
After a couple of pints and some freaking amazing chicken pate with bread they dragged their well fed and watered selves away from the fire and headed for Shurdington Road and the entrance to Cleland Conservation Park. They found their way down some less traveled trails here to descend into a gully and met the Mirreen track. Don’t have too many beers or you might fall off some of these bits of the trail.
Eagle on the Hill
The Mirreen track leads to the old freeway at Eagle on the Hill where the blokes found themselves winding down the hill in a bike lane alongside the old freeway for some time. Eagle on the Hill is a suburb that was once a bustling lookout and complex of 24 hour service stations and a well known pub. For some reason that pub must have relied on passing traffic, because it didn’t stay open very long after the new freeway below was built. At some point further down the old freeway, or motorcycle racing HQ as it appeared that day, they found the entrance to the Yurrebilla Trail, hidden down a lane in between a farm and what appears to be the Thunderbirds new mansion.
Waite Conservation Reserve
Being the first day of winter it was cool, clear and sunny, so no sweat was raised. They marched resolutely along the trail across broad sunlit grassy fields to the edge of the hills face somewhere above Waite Conservation Reserve. They headed down into the park past native cherries and through Grey Box woodland. They were grateful for the memorial benches dotted throughout which gave them excellent resting spots to take photos and look at their phones. From the Netherby Spur they could see Adelaide close by through it’s enveloping brown haze. The trail became a thin and rocky affair down through Koala Gully until they came to some water tanks and they had to be careful of sliding down the steepest section of fire trail ever. Shortly after, they were down the hill and wandering along the back of some horrendously ostentatious and largely unoccupied homes with tennis courts along the fringe of Adelaide’s original rich mans suburb, Springfield.
From here it was a short walk down the road through the suburbs to Mitcham and the Edinburgh Hotel at which more beers and many hot chips were consumed. After dinner, a bus was chosen for the ride back to city, and high fives and congratulatory meh’s were shared.
And there it is, hiking doesn’t have to be hardcore. Keep an eye out on this blog (subscribe even) for more ‘Great Walks between Pubs in South Australia’.
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