Freelance writer, born and bred in South Australia.
Published September 5th 2016
If you're looking for a fresh new spot for a short walk, then the Pledger Wetlands is perfect for you. Located in the northern suburb of Mawson Lakes, the wetland is in near proximity to suburbia and have easy access. The wetland walking track can be entered at various different points, however the beginning of the track is at the end of Egret Street. There are a few car parks available here, but if you're not lucky enough to score one, you can park down the street.
The entire walking trail is flat and extends approximately 2km. The path is well-maintained along all sections and follows directly next to the wetland. Around half way down the trail, the path moves across the water, giving you the option of walking either side.
If you choose your seasons wisely and head to the wetlands in Spring, you may be able to see the water at a nourished level and witness some blossoming flowers. A variety of wildlife, particularly birds and insects, inhabit the swampy land and help bring it to life.
Despite lying nearby to houses and being separated from a main highway by merely a fence, the Pledger Wetlands are pleasantly peaceful. The entire track is reasonably quiet whilst keeping you close to civilisation at all times.
For a longer walk, you can jump from the Wetland Trail onto the Dry Creek Trail once you get nearby to the Mawson Lakes Transport Interchange. Although, just the Pledger Wetlands Trail may be enough to satisfy your senses.