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Kaurna Park Wetlands

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by Gayle Beveridge (subscribe)
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.

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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.

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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.

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A rest spot at Kaurna Park and Wetlands

For the runners, according to 'mapmyrun,' best time for the Kaurna Park Wetlands Loop is 17 minutes. A map of the run and gradient details can be found here.

Environmentalists will be pleased to know recycled water from the park is used to irrigate ovals, parks and the city's trees.

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Kaurna Park Wetlands at sunset

Access the wetlands from Waterloo Corner Road, opposite the Springbank Plaza Shopping Centre (Cnr. of Waterloo Corner Road and Kensington Way) where there is off road car parking.

There are pedestrian entrances at the corner of Helps and Waterloo Corner Roads, from the north-west corner of the park off Helps Road and via stone steps on the northern side of the park.

Toilets are available at the Burton Road Community Centre across the road, next to the shopping centre at 386 Waterloo Corner Road, Mon - Thurs 9am - 4pm and Fri 9am - 3pm.

There is no cost to enjoy Kaurna Park Wetlands which are always accessible. I recommend daylight hours but note the area is particularly lovely at sunset.

The park is administered by Salisbury Council, telephone (08) 8406 8222 or on their website.
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Why? A serene escape, a pleasant walk, a quiet ride
When: Anytime
Phone: (08) 8406 8222 Salisbury Council
Where: Kaurna Park and Wetlands, Waterloo Corner Road, Burton, SA opposite Springbank Plaza Shopping Centre
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Thanks Gayle, a great summary.
by Steve Hudson (score: 3|1245) 1594 days ago
I'm glad you liked it Steve.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|7398) 1586 days ago
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