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Published August 27th 2012
I'm away with the birds again
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A Moorhen At Apex Park

Apex Park is an attractive wetland area located in West Beach, not far from the outlet to the River Torrens and adjacent to the scenic Torrens Linear Park. If you haven't ridden your bike along the park, then it's time to think about doing it.

I hope my wonderfully dedicated subscribers haven't become sick of wetlands yet. Recently I have written about the Urrbrae Wetlands, and those at Warriparinga where the Adelaide Peace Markets are held. But they are all very different in atmosphere, and located on different sides of Adelaide.

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Ducks And Swans Enjoy the Filtered Water

Apex Park Wetlands are particularly popular with families and children as they are easily accessible, have loads of ducks and other birds to feed, and have a playground too. If you're lucky you might even spot the odd pelican or two.

Prior to the 1930's this area was probably a natural wetlands as you can see in this article about trams to Henley Beach.

The area around Apex Park was originally built in 1962 to be used as a storage area for surplus stormwater, preventing neighbouring properties from flooding. In summertime it was something of an eyesore though, and it was decided to pass all stormwater through reed beds to filter it and remove the worst pollutants before letting it out to sea via the River Torrens.

The result was a haven for aquatic birds and animals which rapidly populated the wetlands. Planting of indigenous flora also helped to return the area to a similar condition to what it would have been like before European settlement.

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A Good Place to Feed the Ducks

There are a couple of observation areas where one can sit and listen to the sounds of frogs and water birds doing what they do best in the reed beds. A couple of boardwalks let you navigate the reeds without getting your feet wet, and take you right into the thick of things.

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A Playground That Will Keep Most Children Happy

Of course people with kids will find themselves pulled inexorably to that end of the park, where BBQ facilities are available. There are also toilets and tennis courts nearby, and a shelter to keep out of the weather.

It's a great place for a picnic on a lazy Sunday afternoon. You might need to get there early for some of the facilities because it's very popular with locals too.

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A Shelter to Keep Out of the Weather

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Why? Combine feeding the ducks with the fun of a playground
When: Anytime
Phone: (08) 8416 6333
Where: Apex Park, Burbridge Road, West Beach
Cost: Free
Your Comment
This park is behind my house! It's a beautiful park and the playground is terrific, but the park's attractions are totally spoiled by the unsavoury behaviour of some of it's visitors - day and night :(
by Paula McManus (score: 3|3620) 2812 days ago
Thank u for letting us know where the wetlands are,we love going for walks and the wetlands makes it more interesting. I love your articles and look forward to reading them every week.
Keep up the good work.
by lizbe (score: 1|24) 758 days ago
Thank you Cristina :)
by Dave Walsh (score: 4|11307) 2905 days ago
What a beautiful place, one that my family would love. Thanks for sharing your insight. Congrats on your gold prolific.
by Cristina Dimen (score: 1|61) 2905 days ago
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