A very pleasant ramble around the Lathami Park southern boundary on Kangaroo Island. This park is named for the subspecies of Glossy Black Cockatoo which is found almost exclusively on the island.

Lathami loop: This park is named for the subspecies of Glossy Black Cockatoo which is found almost exclusively on Kangaroo Island. Photo: Supplied.
Lathami loop: This park is named for the subspecies of Glossy Black Cockatoo which is found almost exclusively on Kangaroo Island. Photo: Supplied.

Last year when the club offered this walk only five turned up because the weather looked so bad.  This time the weather forecast was still not good, but 19 people arrived. This was a very pleasant ramble around the Lathami Park southern boundary. Several creeks were crossed including the main one, Gum Creek, which flows on out to the sea at Stokes Bay. As with most walks lead by Ron Cox there were several steep hills. 

This park is named for the subspecies of Glossy Black Cockatoo which is found almost exclusively on Kangaroo Island. It is dedicated to the nurturing and protection of these Cockatoos, and was proclaimed in October 1987. In January 1975, a fire which started at Stokes Bay destroyed much of the park, but nowadays, the bush is lush and impenetrable. We reached Stokes Bay Road after two and a half hours.

The trail followed the road for a short while before the descent along the northern boundary and across Gum Creek again and then the short, steep climb back to the North Coast Road car park.  

– Philippa Kneebone, KI Walking Club