Gayle is a retired accountant and a photography enthusiast living on Victoria's beautiful Bass Coast. Gayle is passionate about writing and keen to showcase Aussie culture to a global audience. Gayle loves her family, dogs, sunsets, and chocolate.
Published July 5th 2015
A suburban wetlands oasis for all the family
Tucked away in Burton, amongst homes, shops and businesses is a place to lose yourself, a bushland oasis of towering red gums, ruby saltbush, calm waters and a bounty of beautiful birds. Kaurna Park Wetlands, most of which is obscured from public view, is a trip to the country without the travel. The main entrance, with ample car parking, is on Waterloo Corner Road in Burton, opposite the Springbank Plaza Shopping Centre.
One of the boardwalks on the Wodliparri Trail at Kaurna Park and Wetlands
From the Waterloo Corner Road entrance to this 48 hectare site, step across the perimeter track to the Wodliparri Trail. Cross the first of many boardwalks and venture into the bush. Already the suburbs are behind you, the call of wattlebirds rings out from the trees and the gentle scent of the vegetation floats in the air. The trail wanders through the wetlands, across channels and past ponds where you can expect to see ducks, herons, cormorants and ibis. Wodliparri is the Kaurna word for the Milky Way, a fitting description for this beautiful area.
A white-faced heron wading in a small lake at dusk - Kaurna Park and Wetlands
There is a serenity here that brings out the best in people. You can expect a nod, a smile or a happy "Hello" as you pass. Families come, walking or riding, babies in pushers and children on trikes. Others walk dogs, whose gait and wagging tails attest to the calm of this place. Birdwatchers linger, cameras and binoculars in hand. 116 species of birds have been sighted and 21 species are known to breed here. Birds SA have published a birding list for the park which can be found here.
Additional to the winding trails, the 2.85 kilometre clay and gravel perimeter track, predominantly flat and 2 metres wide, is an easy walk, run or ride. There is the occasional park bench. West of the entrance is a lookout across a grassed plain. Small flocks of Australian White Ibis fly this way and New Holland Honeyeaters flit about in the surrounding bushes.