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LARATINGA WETLANDS - Mt Barker
Distance from Adelaide
GPS
Area
Number of Bird Species
36 km
35° 04′ 17″ S  138° 53′ 16″ E
17 ha.
134
How to get there
The wetlands are situated on the corner of Springs Rd and Bald Hills Rd, Mount Barker. From Adelaide take the Sth Eastern Freeway and turn off at Mt Barker. Travel along Adelaide Rd and turn left at the second roundabout into Alexandrina Rd. Continue to Bald Hills Rd passing the Mt Barker Golf Club on the right until the Wetlands car park about a further 300m on the left. Another route can be used by turning left off Adelaide Rd after two sets of traffic lights into Gawler St which becomes Dutton Rd and continues over a railway line into Springs Rd. About 1km along Springs Rd. on the right, opposite Burnbank Way, is another entrance into the wetlands.
These artifical wetlands were created in 2000 to filter the water from the Mount Barker effluent works. There are some large naturally occurring River Red Gums. Extensive plantings of River Red Gums, Common Reeds, Silver Hakeas, wattles and tussocky grasses and sedges have been made around eleven ponds east of and below the effluent works. In addition to the wide range of waterbirds an increasing number of other species have been attracted by the trees and bushes.
During the warmer months of the year it is possible in about two hours to see 40 to 60 species and when the ponds are full of water during the winter up to 40 species. Pink-eared Ducks and sometimes Blue-billed Ducks can be seen on the effluent ponds at the western end of the wetlands.
Keep an eye open for uncommon species particularly during late summer and autumn.