Hidden away from the traffic, the Roy Amer Reserve is a wetland environment with play areas for big and little kids. Located off Sir Ross Smith Boulevard in Oakden, the wetlands and walking trails are an ideal place for a relaxing stroll or power walk. Dogs on a lead are welcome in the park.
Bridges and walking trails at the park. Photo: Hazel Cochrane
The park is a popular place with walkers, especially on the weekends with the figure of eight type track around the wetlands home to many birds, fish, frogs and ducks. The walking trail is a reasonably level path suitable for strollers, wheelchairs and walkers of all fitness levels. Bridges across the ponds and seats around the park make ideal rest spots or areas to watch the ducks and aquatic birds. The ponds are not fenced, so keeping an eye on the little ones is crucial. The pond-side sign indicates that feeding bread to the ducks is not permitted, which although disappointing to children, is for the benefit of the ducks and other wetland inhabitants.
The wetlands serve as a storm water capture area, acquifier recharge system and native fish sanctuary. Constructed in the early 1990s by the City of Port Adelaide Enfield, the wetlands have been the recipients of state and national engineering awards.
The wetlands provide an interesting walk. Photo: Hazel Cochrane
Information signs around the park provide information about the wetlands system and identify wildlife. An information sign describing the original inhabitants of the area, the Kaurna people, and their interaction with the swamps and lagoons from which the park evolved makes interesting reading.
Situated on the Sussex Court end of the park, the fully fenced playground offers lots of fun for younger children and toddlers. Baby and child swings, a slippery dip and other climbing equipment will keep the kids amused.
An ideal place for a picnic lunch, the reserve has plenty of seating, picnic tables and BBQ facilities. With plenty of room for ball games and a gazebo for undercover activities, the only facility missing in the park is toilets.
Picnic area for all the family. Photo: Hazel Cochrane
After a walk, the Lakeside Café, open from 9am to 9pm, 7 days a week has an extensive menu covering everything from breakfast through to dinner and excellent coffee. The warm, welcoming café offers both indoor and outdoor dining, as well as a takeaway menu. The café is a busy place on weekends. If you are part of a group or have limited time, booking a table is a good idea.
Great coffee and breakfast served here at the Lakeside Cafe. Photo: Hazel Cochrane