But the Whispering Wall is an exception.
A short drive past Williamstown, north of Adelaide, the outlook from the recently renovated picnic area offers superb views over the water. If you can overlook the absence of chairs or benches accompanying the picnic tables, that is. A nearby shelter shed has both – although the logic behind the picnic table's ultra-low benches is too esoteric for me, as I have no wish to sit with my chin on the table.
But you don't need picnic facilities to enjoy the Whispering Wall's delights - the real entertainment is provided by the dam wall itself.
An amazing acoustic phenomenon, the innovative design of the curve of the wall allows a whisper at one end of the wall to clearly be heard at the other, a concept visitors frequently put to the test.
It's also an inadvertent test of the relative profundity – or banality – of general conversation. And that's where the REAL entertainment lies ...
OK. Here you are at the Whispering Wall. You've been nominated by your group to trek the 144 metres across the top of the dam wall to the other side to 'say something'. SO … what do you say?
First-time visitors often show their doubt of the validity of the wall's claim to fame with questions like 'Can you hear me?' Or – more inanely - 'Are you there?' The unimaginative say 'Hello' or 'G'day'. And true disbelievers immediately self-identify by shouting their remarks.
And then there are those who prefer to test the wall's powers with linguistic tricks like kissing noises, burping – or worse!
So what DO you say? Any sound – verbal or otherwise - will be heard by all listeners at the other end. So why not make their visit memorable by whispering comments like these?
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