THIS WRITING LIFE: Father Woods Park

I’d rather hoped to be posting photos of my glamour-filled trip to Polo In The City, an event held last weekend in Melbourne’s Albert Park but, alas, it was sold out. Nevermind, that gives me the opportunity to post some photos I’ve been meaning to share for ages.

Father Woods Park is situated about 20 kilometres north of Penola in South Australia’s south east – God’s country as we extremely biased born and breds like to call it. I only discovered the park’s existence during the library tour I did around the area back in May, when we zoomed past late one afternoon on our way from Mount Gambier to Bordertown. I was booked for an afternoon talk in Naracoorte later that week and so vowed to call in then for a proper look at the park. It’s a gorgeous place, filled with wonderful vivid timber sculptures that reflect the life of Father Julian Tenison Woods and his close association with Australia’s first Catholic saint, Saint Mary McKillop of the Cross.

I think you’ll see from the images that this is a must-stop attraction if you’re ever in the area. The sculptures are stunning, the location magnificent and it’s a great way to discover a bit of local history.

 

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0 thoughts on “THIS WRITING LIFE: Father Woods Park

  1. AvatarSuzanne Brandyn

    Wow thanks for sharing Cathryn. I’ve never seen them, and used to frequent the Adelaide hills and Adelaide when my brothers were there. Well, two of them.

    So many talented people around in this great country of ours.

    1. AvatarCathryn Hein

      They’re only new, Suz. I didn’t know they existed until this year. The park is a fair way south of Adelaide, maybe 330kms or thereabouts, so a bit off the normal tourist tracks but right at the top edge of the Coonawarra wine district. Another excellent excuse to visit the region!