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A Walk in the Greenfield Wetlands

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by Jane McKinnon (subscribe)
I am a mum who is learning how to use my camera. I post on Instagram janes_photo_gallery. Having so much fun.
Published April 3rd 2017
Nature walk just across the highway - who knew
This wetlands is beautifully located just off Port Wakefield road - turn right onto Salisbury Highway and it is on your left. The car park is generous and the "Watershed Cafe" is right there. So after a few hours of bird watching or bird photography you can stop for a bite to eat or drink. I sat outside on the deck with my tripod set up still taking photos of the lake and birds.

There were 3 stages in developing these wetlands from 1984 to 1993. It is an amazing development of holding the water and using it as flood protection and aquifer storage from a dry waste land. The underground aquifer is to be from Tea Tree Gully to Port Adelaide to Port Wakefield and we are now helping it out by putting clean water back into it. Now it is a photographers and bird lovers' little secret in the northern area.

wetland birds
Crested Pigeon


The local bird life is wonderful to watch from the bird hutch. They also have fish in the lake and yabbies. So don't forget your zoom lens and tripod for this trip. I went during a hot summer's day and yes I needed my hat and water. I didn't see any frogs but they do have them in the lake.

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Bird hideout


You can get guided tours through the Salisbury council but I just went around by myself. Saw beautiful flowers and the Swamp Hens hide in the rushes.

wild flowers
wild flowers


Even though you are so close to a highway you kind of lose yourself once you get going and start focusing on the environment you are in. It is just a peaceful and easy walk to do. The access from the cafe is the best for people with mobility access issues. There is no dogs of course - you would scare the bird life. Again don't feed the birds - some people throw bread and it is not good for them. Just watch them find their own food.

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Swamp hen


Remember you are in the bush, so watch out for snakes along the trail - I did not see any. But take the usual precautions when you see one.



The wetlands do continue across the opposite side of Port Wakefield road. I have been there but took my husband with me. I felt a bit nervous going around that part by myself. Felt too exposed. So grab friend to take with you. I do have an alarm on my back pack every time I go out any where. Probably it's just a girl thing. But indulge me and take precautions.

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Pied Stilt


It is 42 hectares of walking trails and nature. Don't forget your macro lens as well. You may get a good shot of dragonflies or smaller flowers. The bird lovers will like this place. There is about 12 species of waders here through summer, some from Siberia and others places as they migrate here.

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Beautiful lake


This is an excellent example of protecting and developing our environment for the protection of birds, insects, fish and the plants they need. There are so many different species there-with the guided tour you will learn about all of them and the reason one thing needs the other.

There are always ducks here feeding, and pelicans. Just sit at the cafe and watch them come and go and take your photos.

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White faced Heron


The Salisbury Wetlands is known for its clever use of land and nature being created to save our water and use it wisely. Well done I say.

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Herons in flight


Here is another little gem in our back yard here in the Northern Suburbs.
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Why? Bird watching, photography wetlands
When: 7 days a week
Phone: 8406 8222
Where: Salisbury Highway Green Fields SA 5107
Cost: Free
Your Comment
I love the Salisbury wetlands - there's always some lovely surprises in there. Your photos are stunning Jane!
by Paula McManus (score: 3|3620) 1228 days ago
Great photos, Jane!
by Elaine (score: 3|7440) 1228 days ago
Yes please tell me also what camera you have and lens. Is this the wtlands you need the key from cafe to ger in? You dont really 3xplain how to get there or access. Thanks.
by Kat May (score: 3|1434) 1226 days ago
Just one more of Adelaide's superb suburban wetlands.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|7970) 1216 days ago
Beautiful photos Jane. I am looking for a new camera - can you tell me what sort you have?
by doggi (score: 1|10) 1227 days ago
Very good article and very good photos It is a pleasant place to visit.
Your instructions on how to get there are spot on.
Suggest "Out andAbout" read your instructions and actually get out and about
by Jonro (score: 0|2) 1225 days ago
Great photos. The wetlands are looking beautiful. We drive past many times but must stop and take a look now we've seen your pics. Always wonder how the birds fare from all the litter which must blow over from the dump.
by carol (score: 1|10) 1224 days ago
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