I've started reading Jane Hylton's The Painted Coast: Views of the Fleurieu Peninsula in order to gain a sense of the visual history of this part of South Australia from the 1840s to the present. The original native vegetation, which can be seen in the early water colours of G.F. Angas and H.P. Gill, has long gone.
The region is now mostly farmland. The remnants of the native vegetation outside of the conservation parks can be found along the road side. This is now pretty thin.
I find the lack of native vegetation and biodiversity rather depressing.