Our Valley of Liquid Ambers in full glory

May 10, 2024 BY
Valley of Liquid Ambers Heathcote

Fun for all ages: Jess and Declan Evans enjoyed playing in the fallen leaves on a recent visit to Heathcote. Photo: SANDRA JAMES

FAMOUS for its magnificent display of autumn leaves, Heathcote’s Valley of Liquid Ambers never fails to delight locals and visitors alike.

In hues ranging from gold to red, the trees are now at their colourful best.

René Laan lived in Heathcote from 2006-2008, then moved to Alice Springs and returned in 2021 with her husband and two children.

“How much joy does this place bring?” she said recently in a Facebook post inspiring a long list of responses.

“My 87-year-old mother lives with us. She is from South Africa and absolutely loves the coloured leaves.”

Popular for leisurely walks, picnics or quiet moments of reflection under the golden canopy, the valley is a must-see attraction for visitors.

Situated beside the McIvor Creek, the park and picnic area can be accessed via Forest Drive beside Queen Meadow Caravan Park.

“It looks beautiful in all seasons,” said Jess Evans from Adelaide who is visiting family in Heathcote with her two children Dahlia and Declan.

“It is a great place for children to play amongst the leaves and the colours are amazing.”

Who planted the trees and when is a mystery.

“I’ve been told it was possibly an Apex Club project,” said Heathcote McIvor Historical Society research officer Elizabeth Murfitt.

“Together with the then McIvor Shire, community members and families planted the trees.

“We would love to know the full story and when they were planted.”

If anyone has any information about the history of the Valley of Liquid Ambers they can contact Ms Murfitt on 0438 353 507.