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Highbury Aqueduct Reserve

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Published May 17th 2022
A historic site worth visiting
Did you know that there used to be an aqueduct in the northeast of Adelaide? I surely did not until recently.

Aqueduct Trail
Aqueduct Trail


Back in 1870, work began on the construction of an aqueduct to supply water to Hope Valley Reservoir from the River Torrens. The aqueduct included an open channel, above-ground pipe and two tunnels totalling approximately five kilometres in length. Water flowed until 2008 when the aqueduct was decommissioned and replaced with underground pipes along Linear Park.

highbury aqueduct reserve
Historic drains


highbury aqueduct reserve
Historic drains


Consequently, a 50-hectare linear reserve was left behind. This reserve, now known as Highbury Aqueduct Reserve, has been developed into a park for community recreation. Its landscape is being restored with local flora species to create habitat for native wildlife. Revegetation efforts are ongoing.

aqueduct channel
Aqueduct channel


aqueduct channel
Aqueduct channel


Gravel trails have been built to accommodate both walkers and cyclists. It took us about an hour to walk the 4-kilometre Aqueduct Trail. Evidence of the aqueduct channel, as well as two historic drains with their original brickwork, can be seen along the way. We also passed native grasses, wattles, sheoaks, blue gums and pines.

blue gum
Blue gum


The reserve is located in the northeastern suburb of Highbury, approximately 20 minutes drive from the city. A map can be downloaded from here. There are no toilets anywhere in the reserve, so just be mindful of that when you're planning your visit.

wattle
Wattle
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Why? A historic site worth visiting
When: Anytime
Where: Freshford Avenue, Highbury
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Awesome milestone, Audrey, well done!
by Elaine (score: 3|8885) 40 days ago
What a great article! I remember the aqueduct very well and thanks for the update. Congrats on the milestone!
by Michael Genrich (score: 3|1856) 40 days ago
Another interesting article on a little of past history. Congratulations on your 1000 milestone, or should that be a 1600 kilometrestone.
by Neil Follett (score: 3|4120) 39 days ago
Congratulations on your 1000 article milestone! What an incredible achievement!
by Paula McManus (score: 3|3784) 37 days ago
Congratulations, Audrey, on the big milestone. Great article and lovely photos.
by Bev (score: 1|83) 40 days ago
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