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Aldinga Wetlands

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by Karen Ross (subscribe)
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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.

Aldinga Wetlands
Aldinga Wetlands


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.

Willunga Basin Trail and Aldinga Scrub
Willunga Basin Trail and Aldinga Scrub


Rather than a single track, the wetlands comprise a series of meandering paths around two main lagoons and several other creeks and ponds.

Meandering paths
Meandering paths


I noticed abundant evidence of birdlife both visual and auditory.

Birdlife
Birdlife


I also heard frogs humming and chirping and saw a man catch a fish. Clearly, the wetlands are teeming with aquatic and birdlife.

Frogs and fish
Frogs and fish


Ironically this serene patch of nature is skirted by urban development with a shopping centre nearby and houses even closer. I thought how lovely it would it be to live near this tranquil oasis.

Residential area
Residential area


Wooden bridges link the wetlands with the suburban streets.

Wooden bridge
Wooden bridge


Paths lead from the lagoons to a reserve, extending the open space for nearby residents to enjoy.

Emerald Boulevard Reserve
Emerald Boulevard Reserve


Along the way, there is a playground to cater for the younger residents.

Playground
Playground


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.

A view towards the Southern Mt Lofty Ranges
A view towards the Southern Mt Lofty Ranges


It's a delightful place to visit for a walk or perhaps just to sit and enjoy the balance of nature.
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Why? It's a delightful place to visit for a walk or perhaps just to sit and enjoy the balance of nature.
When: Anytime
Where: Corner of Hart Road and Rowley Road, Aldinga Beach.
Cost: Free
Your Comment
It looks an easy and enjoyable walk Karen.
by Neil Follett (score: 3|4054) 42 days ago
At the Beach itself in the sea there is a area that has seahorses inhabit so it is restricted like sanctuaries are
by r.eng (score: 2|767) 38 days ago
Looks like a nice place to just chill for the day.
by alts (score: 1|36) 39 days ago
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