|Mangrove Reflections, St Kilda Boardwalk, Adelaide, South Australia|
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.
|View to Outer Harbour from St Kilda Mangrove Boardwalk, Adelaide, South Australia|
And was once the setting of a dastardly rip-off that still assaults our finely tuned sense of outrage whenever we think of it. Like today.
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?!?!
|Mangrove Shadows reflected in the water, St Kilda Mangrove Boardwalk, Adelaide, South Australia|
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.
I can't tell you if the financial, experiential or emotional cost for other Weekend Reflections participants was greater than mine. But you can find out for yourself HERE!
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