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.
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.
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.
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.