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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
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.
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.
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.
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
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....:-)