All too often when travelling through the Fleurieu Peninsula we focus rightly on the famous attractions like Port Elliot, Victor Harbor and Normanville. But why not spare some time for those little back roads and back valleys of the Peninsula.
We recently ventured off the beaten path and stumbled across an Edwardian villa, sheep dairy and sculpture park… just three of the gems to be found when visiting little known Hay Flat.
The first secret gem, an outstanding Edwardian homestead known as ‘Tonto’. Tonto has wonderful views to nearby Normanville and Yankalilla – from where’ll you’ll be able to catch a bus to this little piece of Fleurieu Peninsula grandeur as part of the upcoming Fleurieu Festival.
You can begin to imagine the evening soirees they might have had in Tonto’s dining room. Back then guests didn’t have access to the French-style cheeses made at Seavewe Artisan Sheep Dairy and Cheesery just down the road.
It’s a fairly easy life for these pampered Poll Dorset and East Friesian sheep. They provide about a litre of milk a day and are cared for by Corrine Harding. As one of Corinne’s hungry girls’ carts her off into the paddock, we’re off to our last Gem of Hay Flat ‘Mistletoe Block’.
It’s here that sculptor Dora Dallwitz has created something very special – a series of sculptures that focus on the ‘Nullarbor Nymph’ – an elaborate hoax in the seventies. It featured the story of a woman who’d apparently gone native, kangaroo skins and all, and which prompted a tabloid frenzy. It’s certainly provided plenty of material for this talented sculptor.
The Three Gems at Hay Flat Tour is on Sunday, April 14th from 10am until 2pm.
For details head to the Fleurieu Festival website where you’ll also find more information on the various events happening all over the peninsula.