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The Kauwi Interpretive Walking Trail

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by Jenny Esots (subscribe)
A freelance writer and traveller who likes to explore the spiritual, literary and hidden gems of Adelaide and beyond.
Published June 16th 2015
Impressive views along the coast
The Kauwi Interpretive Trail runs alongside the Adelaide Desalination Plant. It was developed in collaboration with the local Kaurna people and showcases their history and culture. In the local Kaurna language, Kauwi means 'fresh water'.

Impressive views of the Gulf St Vincent coastline  Photo Jenny Esots
Impressive views of the Gulf St Vincent coastline Photo Jenny Esots


Along the walking trail are wetlands, look-outs and impressive views of the Gulf St Vincent coastline. Each lookout features information on the indigenous culture. These include information and pictures on Wirraninthi native plants. Kondoli - the whale. Cultural water all as one.

Wirraninthi  native plants - photo Jenny Esots
Wirraninthi native plants - photo Jenny Esots


Where will the trail take me?
The trail starts at the Kauwi Interpretive Centre on Chrysler Road at Lonsdale. The trail heads towards Gulf St Vincent and along the coast, before turning back towards the Adelaide Desalination Plant.

Kondoli - the whale  Photo Jenny Esots
Kondoli - the whale Photo Jenny Esots


It is a fairly straight and wide path that has a gradual slope downwards, so that it is a bit of an incline on the way back, but not too strenuous. The trail path is not suitable for disabled access after the first lookout. It takes in panoramic views of the coastline. The land view is of a rather austere, high mesh fence, which borders the desalination plant. The desalination plant is in operation, but at a limited capacity.

Cultural water  all as one - Photo Jenny Esots
Cultural water all as one - Photo Jenny Esots

The Kauwi Interpretive Trail runs alongside the Adelaide Desalination Plant  photo Jenny Esots
The Kauwi Interpretive Trail runs alongside the Adelaide Desalination Plant photo Jenny Esots


How long is the trail?
The total length of the trail is 2.3 km, or 1.15 km each way.

The Kauwi Interpretive Walking Trail  photo Jenny Esots
The Kauwi Interpretive Walking Trail photo Jenny Esots

The Kauwi Interpretive Walking Trail  photo Jenny Esots
The Kauwi Interpretive Walking Trail photo Jenny Esots


When can I visit?
The trail is accessible 24/7, so you can walk it at any time. This is not a demanding trail but shows what landscaping can be done to improve and enhance an industrial site. It highlights the cultural significance of the area and showcases some wonderful coastal views.

The Kauwi Interpretive Walking Trail  photo Jenny Esots
The Kauwi Interpretive Walking Trail photo Jenny Esots
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Why? Easy walking trail along the coast
When: Open 24/7
Where: The trail starts at the Kauwi Interpretive Centre on Chrysler Road at Lonsdale.
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Really looks like a lovely walk
by Rota (score: 2|708) 1616 days ago
Will have to go take a look at this walk and take the camera, hope for a great sunset........
by grlym (score: 0|5) 1615 days ago
Did this walk last weekend....was an easy walk and such beautiful views... had no idea that we have these walks tucked away in our own backyard.... and of aboriginal heritage/ culture...absolutely loved the walk and the feeling of peace and calmness I felt from being there....just soaking up the views....
Thankyou for sharing this information for those of us who have hectic lives and need to be out and enjoy our beautiful country....:-)
by shazz (score: 0|4) 1537 days ago
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