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Mount Compass Wetland

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Published October 2nd 2021
A perfect ramble on a sunny day
Mount Compass Wetland
Mount Compass Wetland

Located opposite the IGA car park, Mount Compass Wetland was constructed to sustainably manage the region's stormwater and therefore improve the health of its waterways. The wetland treats urban stormwater runoff collected from a catchment before returning the cleansed water into the Nangkita Creek floodplain. To reduce the demand on potable water supply, a small percentage of this treated stormwater is also being used in nearby public toilets.

Mount Compass Wetland
Mount Compass Wetland


Behind the wetland is a unique Fleurieu Peninsula Swamp which exists on waterlogged soils and has thick vegetation. However, it should not be confused with the Mount Compass School Swamp on the western side of Victor Harbor Road. Many rare native plant species, as well as a number of significant birds, can be found here.

water stone

flat terrain
Flat terrain

The boardwalk makes for a perfect ramble around the wetland on a sunny day even though the wind was a little strong. We also spent quite some time examining the sculpture at the trailhead. Called "water stone", Malaysian-born sculptor Hew Chee Fong finds simplicity in these black granite stones. The sculpture forms part of the Hills Sculpture Trail which links various towns within the Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula regions.

Sam Court trailhead
Sam Court trailhead

covered picnic table
Covered picnic table

Mount Compass Wetland is accessible to all from the Sam Court trailhead. With a rather flat terrain, it is not difficult whatsoever to walk the 350-metre circuit. There's also a covered picnic table for your convenience if you do decide to have lunch at the wetland.
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Why? A perfect ramble on a sunny day
When: Anytime
Where: Sam Court, Mount Compass, SA
Cost: Free
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This really looks like a lovely area for a walk. I love the sculptures, they are pleasing to look at in a calm sort of way and are unobtrusive in the landscape.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|9251) 20 days ago
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