Peterborough is a historic railway town on the western edge of the Flinders Ranges, 253km north of Adelaide, South Australia.  The town’s greatest claim to fame is that it is one of only two places in Australia where three railway gauges meet.

“Peterborough was a hero of the 20th century – a hissing, steaming hub of mighty locomotives that sat at the crossroads of a growing nation.  Today, the spring skies are china blue, the kids no longer have to wipe the clothes-lines clean of soot and the only whistles are from birds among the wildflowers. But Peterborough is still the geographic heart of Australia and visitors still arrive from four corners although they’re usually hauling caravans rather than freight!  There is a lot to see and do in the Peterborough area, not the least being the multi award winning Steamtown Light and Sound Show. We heartily recommend that you stay an extra day and really get your teeth into this fantastic region, central to South Australia’s rail history”. Quoted from Daytrippa.

My friends and I thoroughly enjoyed the time spent investigating all things ‘railway’ but in this Blog Post I particularly want to share an amazing garden –

Dragons Rest Habitat Garden
11 Watkins Rd, Peterborough – Open most days from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.

This is a 10 acre private garden retreat on the outskirts of Peterborough.
The land was once bare earth in a harsh, arid climate. What has been achieved is a labour of love.
There is shade from taller trees which provides a microclimate for things growing at ground level. The owners are clearly passionate about developing a green oasis in a dry, sun-baked landscape. They have lavished time and care to create this garden in a semi-arid zone where plants and animals can thrive. The plantings attract many birds and insects and are home to numerous bearded dragons and blue tongue lizards that spend their time soaking up the sun.  Carefully positioned nesting sites ensure that the birds visit and even breed here.

Dragons Rest is quite delightful with its bird baths and quirky statues. It certainly brings a smile to the face and a lightness to the step as one wanders along the rambling pathways around many ponds.  It is truly amazing just what can be grown in this desert climate.

Eremophila are certainly very happy and at home in this garden and make a spectacular display. Each season brings a new vista.

Peak flowering time in the garden is October, but there is always something in flower.

This is one couple’s lifetime’s project and it is clear that loads of work goes into this garden. Dragons Rest is biodiversity at work; from the soil to the treetops there is life everywhere.

This is a place to wander or to sit on one of the many benches and enjoy nature to the full especially when sharing with friends.




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