If you enjoy a picnic there are several spots to choose from. It’s hard to go past the lawned area on the seafront overlooking Boston Bay (photo left). There are tables beneath the pines, a playground, toilets and a statue of racehorse Makybe Diva. After lunch you can stroll along the beach or see what they’re catching from the town jetty.
Originally owned by early settlers, the Bishop family, the land which became Flinders Park was purchased by the Council following the death of Amy Bishop in 1963. The grounds are meticulously maintained and facilities include toilets, an electric BBQ, a playground, a gazebo, and a picnic table beneath a Moreton Bay fig tree (photo right).
Also on site is the Bishop family residence, Mill Cottage, which is now a museum. Open on Wednesday and Sunday, it contains many of Amy Bishop’s paintings and a wealth of the family’s artefacts. A poke around the kitchen helps you appreciate microwave ovens and good ventilation. The museum is $4 for adults and 50c for kids.
Set among the gums and with great views over the Bay, P.L. Puckridge Reserve is a slice of bush in the town (photo left). Facilities include electric BBQs, a gazebo, a modern playground and toilets. Picnic tables are scattered throughout.
The Old Mill
Construction began in 1846 but work was never completed so nothing was ever milled (photo right). The land and building eventually became the property of the Bishop family who donated it to the City in 1946. It has since been restored and sits incongruously in a park in the middle of a residential area. Take the stairway to the top for views over the Bay.
Glen-Forest Tourist Park
If you’re looking for something to entertain the kids then head to Glen-Forest Tourist Park (photo left). Set among the hills north of Port Lincoln, Glen Forest has an incredible variety of birds and animals. There are dingos, koalas, wombats, rabbits, guinea pigs, camels, alpacas, sheep, kangaroos and all manner of ducks. There’s even an ostrich.
Peacocks patrol the grounds while cockatoos insist on finding out, “watcha doin’?” You can stroll through the aviary, feed the animals or play a round of putt putt.
There’s also an undercover eating area, BBQ facilities and a kiosk with drinks and ice-creams. For More information see their website here.
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