Once derelict farmland prone to flooding, The Paddocks is the name given to this wetlands project in Pooraka. Built in the 70s, an area covering six hectares was rehabilitated into wooded parkland featuring creeks, wetlands, grassed areas and walking trails. The park helps efficiently drain and clean the storm water from the surrounding areas of Para Hills and other suburbs.
The area is hidden well off Bridge Road and as you head further into the park there are lots of little creek beds with boardwalks. The trails snake their way around to RJ Giles Reserve, a central open grassy space in which to enjoy the peaceful surroundings. More trails head west and around the reed filled wetlands.
There's plenty of car parking by the dog park on Maxwell Road. There are no other facilities so remember to be self sufficient if you're planning a picnic. The Paddocks is a forested urban area that might remind you of what the urban landscape once looked like.
It is surprisingly delightful to walk along the trails at The Paddocks and see little wrens flitting about. I've never seen them in an urban area before, only at places like Morialta Waterfalls, or Waterfall Gully.