Freelance writer living in the Barossa Valley, South Australia.
Published November 22nd 2011
Williamstown is located in the iconic Barossa Valley at its Southern edge; the town also closely borders the Adelaide hills region and is within close proximity of Adelaide, roughly an hours drive from the capital. Williamstown and its surrounding area has quite some history, first settlements dating back to around 1838 when land was first purchased. Land was then traded for a mob of horses due to the area seeming to hold little value.
One of Williamstown's main attractions and recreational spots has background and history on display in this busy little town, that is the Victoria Creek Reserve. Recently the reserve has been updated and has become a hot spot to stop by for visitors, tourists, locals and even motor and cyclist clubs. The Williamstown area was first titled Victoria Creek by the regions first settlers, later to be renamed Williamstown after a local son.
Williamstown's Victoria Creek Reserve is located in the centre of town, ideally close to the main street shops and eateries. The Reserve is spread out across the creek; on either side seating areas are available, BBQ facilities, shady areas for picnics, including plenty of parking spaces. A common name locals often use in reference to the reserve is, 'The Duck Pond'. Often you can spot ducks and their ducklings making residence in the area, people usually feed the ducks their stale bread which they very much appreciate.
Over the years Victoria Creek Reserve has been through many changes. On the Victoria Terrace side of the reserve you can now walk over the bridge to public toilets, well maintained gardens and lawn areas, as well as undercover seating/ entertainment area and a brand new playground. The reserve at Williamstown is also dog friendly, as long as pets are supervised and are on a leash, therefore everyone can enjoy the visit and stretch their legs. If you prefer to ride than walk, then you can be assured that Williamstown is a cyclist friendly town. So why not take the bikes off the roof racks and enjoy a ride around the reserve or go a bit further and explore more of Williamstown, if you are not too pressed for time.
There is much to see and enjoy at the Victoria Creek Reserve, there is a different atmosphere from an average playground or a newly constructed park. The reserve has quite some character behind it, including a weir/ spillway as you walk over the wooden bridge, which makes a great effect with water flowing and is a nice spot for photographs. Close by the bridge, make sure to check out the mural wall which is another late attraction to the Victoria Creek Reserve. There is much artisan skill to appreciate as well as time and effort that has been put into the mural. The piece that spreads across the retaining wall of the reserve is the largest mural in the Barossa Valley giving people a pictorial rundown of the local history at Williamstown.
Victoria Creek Reserve is a fun little spot to check out during your next drive. Williamstown is close to various Adelaide suburbs yet is in the heart of some of South Australia's richest country side. The town is a scenic and friendly place, so enjoy some leisure time at the reserve during your next lunch or break stop.