Only about 10 minutes from home, sandwiched between two busy roads, Sturt Road and Oaklands Road, is the Oaklands Wetland and reserve. The Wetlands were completed in 2013 and enable, every year, up to 200 million litres of stormwater to be cleaned before it’s used for irrigation at up to 30 council reserves. Over several stages an Education Centre has been built and various play and recreation areas added, making it a real community asset.
For me, the most appealing aspect is being able to meander along the paths through the bush environment and around the ponds where many different types of birds are perfectly at home.
Originally the land belonged to the Kearne family whose home was quite a mansion. Although the home is gone some trees planted by the family still remain.
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Kearne family home built in 1843
Palm Tree planted by original owners.
Old Olive Trees
Water is pumped from the Sturt River, rubbish is trapped and removed then the water passes through a series of ponds culminating in a calm lake.
In the background is busy Oaklands Road.
Beautiful big trees beside the water
Water is aerated as it tumbles over the rocks.
Beautiful peaceful setting
The bridge leads to a little island
Maintenance is ongoing – seedheads were being collected
Bullrushes help clean the water.
There are several different natural children’s play areas.
Seating made from an old tree
Sculptures near a play area
One of the play areas
You can hear birds calling constantly.
This nesting box seemed to be buzzing.
Rainbow Lorikeet feasting on Gum Blossom
Black Ducks, Purple Swamp Hens and Waterhens.
Definitely a lovely place to spend some time relaxing.
South Australia has been very lucky in not having many cases of Covid19 but most people are still staying fairly close to home. Fortunately we have many great places to get out and about close to home, the Onkakapringa Recreation Park is about 20 kms from our place. We decided to take advantage of a lovely mid-winter day to check it out.
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Canoeists were out
People were fishing and keeping the recommended social distance
Beyond the river can just be seen the viaduct for the Seaford train line.
Walkers and Joggers were out and about
Rustling feathery grasses made a lovely sound.
Someone left a decorated rock to be found.
Frogs were calling in the backwater
Someone had fun building a shelter.
Female Superb Fairy Wren
Male Superb Fairy Wren
Hand hewn post a relic of some old construction
Wallaby lying in the sunshine.