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Greenfields Wetlands Walking Trail

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by Hazel Cochrane (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer, photographer & fitness instructor. I enjoy hiking and kayaking and writing walking. Facebook
Published February 28th 2016
Walking in the Greenfields Wetlands Without Getting Wet Feet
Located on the Salisbury Highway, just 15 km from Adelaide, stands a 12 metre boomerang sculpture marking the entrance to the Greenfields Wetlands.

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Together Woven Sculpture Photo: Hazel Cochrane

Marijana Tadic and Alexis West built the sculpture, a heritage marker called Together Woven, in recognition of the Kaurna people, the original inhabitants of the area. The sculpture, which points southwest toward Kangaroo Island, a sacred place for the Kaurna people, sits on the edge of a large circular performance space with interpretive signs acknowledging the cultural heritage of the land.

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The Time Capsule to be opened in 2063. Photo: Hazel Cochrane

Between the hours of 8am and 4pm daily, the wetlands decorative gate leads to a family and wheelchair friendly walk with an abundance of plants and bird species. Information signs provide a wealth of information about the wetlands and the variety of birds, reptiles, fish and of plants residing in the wetlands area.

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Open the gate to explore. Photo: Hazel Cochrane

The wetlands, developed from paddocks by the City of Salisbury Council in the 1990s to provide flood protection by diverting stormwater from Dry Creek, sits adjacent to the residential area of Mawson Lakes and yet seems far removed once inside the gates.

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Boardwalks and Bridges. Photo: Hazel Cochrane

The 1.2km level trail is a mixture of boardwalks, bridges and gravel paths winding through the scenic wetlands area. Wooden seats at intervals on the boardwalks provide an ideal spot to watch the ducks, herons and other birdlife or just take a break to admire the scenery.

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Take a break or admire the view. Photo: Hazel Cochrane

A spur trail near the entrance leads to a small wooden hut, which serves as an observation area. Sitting quietly in this area will attract some of the birds toward the hut for a closer view. The artistic identification charts on the hut walls make recognizing the diverse variety of birdlife, a fun and easy task.

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The Observation Hut. Photo: Hazel Cochrane

After walking through the wetlands, a pleasant location for a coffee or a meal is the Watershed Café. The cafe has both indoor and outdoor dining areas and is open daily from 8am to 4pm.

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The Wetlands views Photo: Hazel Cochrane

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The boardwalks lfor a family friendly walk. Photo: Hazel Cochrane

Toilet facilities, including disabled facilities, are available inside the wetlands buildings near the wetlands gate. Car parking is available adjacent to the cafe.
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Why? A family and wheelchair friendly walk
When: 8am to 4pm daily
Where: Greenfields Wetlands - Salisbury
Cost: Free
Your Comment
If only I lived closer, it looks like a lovely walk!
by Hayley (score: 3|1016) 2037 days ago
It is a great place to visit and is right next to the Dry Creek Trail which now links & joins with the Little Para Trail behind Globe Derby.
by jbbin (score: 1|13) 2031 days ago
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