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Aldinga Washpool

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by Jenny Esots (subscribe)
A freelance writer and traveller who likes to explore the spiritual, literary and hidden gems of Adelaide and beyond.
Published August 21st 2014
A haven for birds and plant life
Despite living in an area for many years there are always new things to discover.

While visiting the Victory Hotel at Sellicks beach I was given instructions about a local native wetlands I never knew existed.

Vistas of the sea
Vistas of the sea


The Aldinga washpool is one of the last remaining coastal
wetlands of its type along the Adelaide coastline.

The washpool consists of shallow pools on either side of Button road, which is off Justs Road, Aldinga.

Coastal Wetlands
Coastal Wetlands


This is between Aldinga and Sellicks beach which is just south of Aldinga Scrub Conservation Park at Aldinga Beach. It is part of the Tjilbruke Dreaming Track, the lagoon is home to many species of water birds and supports several conservation status plant species.

Aldinga washpool
Aldinga washpool


Once I had followed the directions given I found myself on a dirt road going towards the coast.

There is a small parking area at the end of the road. With wonderful vistas of the sea and has an air of quiet tranquility. Apart from several four wheel drives who were there on an excursion with their dogs.

A fisherman on the coast
A fisherman on the coast


To see the coastal wetlands walk back along the road from the coastline. There are pristine wetlands with views over to the Willunga range of hills.

A haven for birds and wild life, including majestic swans at play.

Other species found here include the black winged stilt, white faced heron and whiskered tern.

Views over to the Willunga range of hills.
Views over to the Willunga range of hills.


There is something still and calm about being among these coastal wetlands. Seeing the water birds in their natural habitat.

It is inspiring to see a small corner of undisturbed native beauty.

Aldinga washpool
Aldinga washpool

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Why? Coastal Wetlands and birdlife
Where: Button road, off Justs Road, Aldinga
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An interesting find Jenny, thanks.
by Dave Walsh (score: 4|11075) 1579 days ago
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