Regional South Australia has much to offer those who want a little more than just the norm. Besides its vast wildernesses, world-class wineries and abundant wildlife, wetlands are also dotted around the region, rewarding visitors with a beauty of their own. They can be the perfect place for a walk during lockdown too if you live no further than 2.5 kilometres from them.
Gleeson Wetland in the Clare Valley consists of three excellently constructed ponds that allow treated effluent to be used again for irrigation purposes. I found the wetland, with its huge variety of native plants and multitude of birds, to be a very refreshing spot away from all the hustle and bustle of life. It has a bird hide and picnic shelters as well as relatively flat paths for easy walking.
Martin Bend Wetland
Although home to an abundance of wildflowers and birds, it was the woodcutters rest at Berri's Martin Bend Wetland that fascinated me the most. I learned that early woodcutters provided wood to fuel riverboat engines and to fire irrigation pumps many years ago. The rest now stands as a dedication to them.
Another distinct body of water is the Owen Wetland which served as a lovely stopover for me on my recent drive up north. Small as it is, I really enjoyed the sheer tranquillity it offers. I am also impressed that local residents continue to manage the wetland until today.
Do let us know about the other wetlands you have visited so that we can add them to our list as well.