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by Paula McManus (subscribe)
Photography obsessed writer and urban explorer. Lover of nature, art and long weekends. Adelaide, South Australia. https://www.facebook.com/paula.mcmanus1
Published January 5th 2014
A First for conservation
In the south east corner of the Adelaide Botanic Garden there is a brand new development - the area has been transformed into a beautiful native wetland.

First Creek Wetland, Adelaide Botanic Gardens
First Creek Wetland, Adelaide Botanical Gardens (©paula mcmanus)


The First Creek Wetlands have been developed to help with the education about wetlands - why they are important and just how they work. It's also hoped that the wetland will provide enough water to irrigate the whole of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens complex - a plan which should happen within the next 10 years.

First Creek Wetland, Adelaide Botanic Gardens
First Creek Wetland, Adelaide Botanical Gardens (©paula mcmanus)


The wetlands water comes from storm water in First Creek which runs through the middle of the garden. The water is purified several times and then is stored in an aquifer. When needed, the water is pumped to the surface.

First Creek Wetland, Adelaide Botanic Gardens
First Creek Wetland, Adelaide Botanical Gardens (©paula mcmanus)


The Adelaide Botanic Garden has worked in conjunction with the South Australian Seed Conservation Centre and have collected a significant number of rare and threatened South Australian flora, which have been planted in the wetland gardens. There are plants in the new wetland that have never been seen in cultivation anywhere in the world. It's truly ground breaking work.

First Creek Wetland, Adelaide Botanic Gardens
First Creek Wetland, Adelaide Botanical Gardens (©paula mcmanus)


It's a family friendly and fun wetland area. There are multiple viewing areas - some are raised for elevated viewing and others are sub-water level with a window to the underwater world. It's a great place for kids to explore - there are stepping stone walkways and lots of signage to explain and educate the visitors. All of the platform viewing areas are accessible for those with wheelchairs or prams.

First Creek Wetland, Adelaide Botanic Gardens
First Creek Wetland, Adelaide Botanical Gardens (©paula mcmanus)


The Adelaide Botanic Gardens are located on North Terrace in Adelaide and are open 7 days a week - Weekdays from 7.15am and Weekends/public holidays at 9am. Closing times vary - check the website or signage within the gardens.

Entry is free. BYO picnic or stop in at one of the cafes for a coffee and something to eat. There are plenty of toilets in various spots within the gardens. Grab a map on your way in or download one from their website.

Car parking is available in Plane Tree Drive and Hackney Road. Prices vary for weekday and weekends.

Wheelchairs can be hired if required, but must be pre-booked. Call 8222 9311 if you wish to hire one.

First Creek Wetland, Adelaide Botanic Gardens
First Creek Wetland, Adelaide Botanical Gardens (©paula mcmanus)
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Why? Immerse yourself in nature
When: 7 days a week
Phone: 8370 8370
Where: Adelaide Botanical Gardens
Cost: FREE!
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Nice one Paula, with fantastic images as always.

You just beat me as I'd already got pics, will make sure I don't duplicate yours when I publish.
by Dave Walsh (score: 4|11210) 1991 days ago
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