Located on South West Terrace, Owen Wetlands collects stormwater from the township and provides habitat for wildlife such as frogs and waterbirds. Its lake and channels were dug out by residents with the assistance of the local council. The soil that had been excavated was then used to create its island and surrounding banks.
When construction was completed, school students and other volunteers revegetated the area planting rushes and sedges as well as native shrubs and trees. The local residents continue to take an active interest in managing the environment until today.
As you drive towards the Clare Valley, be sure to break your journey at Owen for a short walk around the wetlands. Although small, this permanent artificial area with fresh static water southwest of the township did serve as a lovely stopover for us. Picnic tables and car parking are available for your convenience.
If time permits, why not explore more of Owen by walking or bicycling its four-kilometre loop track. There is also a newly painted silo for you to admire at the corner of Railway Terrace and First Street.
It's places like this I prefer to stop for self catering morning and afternoon tea instead of a highway roadhouse. It is amazing how better you feel after a refreshing stop with a view and a short walk.