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Published April 12th 2022
Take a walk or just sit a while and enjoy the serenity
Aldinga Conservation Park was proclaimed in January 2022 when state and local governments, working with the local community, brought two, adjacent parcels of land together. I had walked in one of them, known as Aldinga Scrub, but was keen to discover the other.
Aldinga Wetlands is a site of both ecological and cultural importance. It is a habitat for a wide range of native birds and swamp plants, many of which have been listed as rare.
I planned a visit of discovery recently and this is what I found.
There are multiple entry points to the wetlands but I parked at the corner of Hart Road and Rowley Road, Aldinga Beach. Signs informed me that I was actually walking on a section of the Willunga Basin Trail, a 130km long track that links the townships of McLaren Vale, McLaren Flat, Kangarilla, and Willunga to the suburbs of Aldinga, Port Willunga, Maslin Beach, Moana and Seaford.
I realised I was discovering two new walks at once.
My research tells me The Kaurna People are the Traditional Owners of the wetlands and that the area holds cultural and spiritual significance for the Kaurna, and other Aboriginal groups, who have gathered here for thousands of years.