Crownlandia & Fairy Fen
South of Quarry Park is a stretch of publicly owned land drearily called Block Three – and hereby dubbed Crownlandia. This surprising area is over twice as large as Lighthouse Park, and if you want to get lost, this is the place to do it.
Fairy Fen is a nature reserve inside this area, a low spot that features a delicate ecosystem in a rare peat bed over four meters deep. It requires special care, so it’s very important to be a good sport and let the signs be your guide – not to use wheels (bikes or motor) inside the preserve, for example. And be careful where you stomp.
Find out more about Fairy Fen on the Islands Trust website >>
Outside the protected area there is a winding network of old dirt logging roads. Huszar Creek drains out of the fen, and the trail beside it reaches southwest to Cape Roger Curtis (incl. some road walking). There is some fairly steep walking, but it’s generally easy. Further east is Radar Hill, with a (private) working quarry near the top. Trails are used by hikers, dogs, horses, bikes and offroad vehicles. Several trails east of the fen show the wear and tear of traffic, and there are some African-sized potholes filled with water in the rainy season, which lasts about half the year.
All in all, it’s a great place to explore, if you can keep track of where you are.