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The Whyalla Wetlands are located alongside the Lincoln Highway as you enter Whyalla Playford. It is bordered by Billing Street, Playford Avenue and Keith Street. The area has been developed by the Whyalla City council for educational, recreational and environmental purposes.
Community exercise equipment provided - Photo by Allan
The Whyalla Wetlands are situated on the site of the old aerodrome, and according the the City Council, include almost 6 hectares of artificial lake. The lake functions as storm water purification, but also forms an attractive walking area as pedestrian (or bike) tracks loop around each lake. Barbecue facilities, benches for resting and viewing, and children's play equipment are located at key points around the wetlands. There is a car park with disabled access and environmentally friendly toilets provided.
The Whyalla Wetlands have attracted birds to the Whyalla area. These birds include: Black Winged Stilts, the Reed Warbler, Native Hens, Masked Lapwings and various species of duck. Other birds include: the Great Egret, Herons, Cormorants, Common Greenshank, Ibis, Pelicans, Black Swans, Red Necked Avocet and Ravens. The council has introduced small native fish, including hardyheads (normally found in waterways in the Flinders Ranges) to the lakes. The fish help control mosquitoes which would otherwise breed in the water.
The wetlands are worth a visit if you are passing through Whyalla. Stop, revive and survive with a toilet break, walk and picnic in this attractive area. If you stay longer, enjoy a walk right around the lake and admire the view. Locals enjoy bird watching and walking their dogs.