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Natural Areas in the Greater Adelaide Region

Updated: May 17, 2021

So you’re ready to contribute to the City Nature Challenge 2020: Greater Adelaide but aren’t sure where you should go to make observations? Check out the long, but hardly exhaustive, list of great natural areas in the Greater Adelaide region below.

The City Nature Challenge 2020: Greater Adelaide project covers a significant section of the most populated areas in the state. The area referred to as “Greater Adelaide” covers a total of 9,000 square kilometers with a population of around 1.5 million amassing approximately 85% of the population of SA. It includes all the Metropolitan Local Government Areas plus the District Council of Yankalilla, City of Victor Harbor, Alexandrina Council, The Rural City of Murray Bridge, Mount Barker District Council, Barossa Council, Light Regional Council and Adelaide Plains Council.


This area encompasses the Southern Mount Lofty Ranges, considered one of only 15 National Biodiversity Hotspots across Australia. There are an extensive range of natural areas to discover, most of which are open to the public with varying levels of accessibility. Local suburban parklands and trails, beaches and rocky reefs, conservation parks and reserves, river trails and wetlands.

Bassett Street Reserve, Willunga

Bassett Street Reserve, Willunga

You don’t have to travel far to find biodiverse areas. Local suburban and regional parks and waterways support many wild species. A visit to any of these can be a quick way to take a few dozen observations. Don’t forget to record the introduced species which can often be found in abundance in suburban areas, and can help to build up the total species recorded for the challenge. A small selection of interesting parks are listed below. Some of these have links to associated iNaturalist Collection projects where you can see all the observations that have been made at that location.

Place Name (Number of observations uploaded) (Number of species recorded) City of Onkaparinga NATUREhoodz – Umbrella project of all City of Onkaparinga natural areas (2638) (568) Hazelwood Park (38) (31) Grasby Memorial Park (269) (127) Old Chapel Hill Diggings (237) (132) Browns Road, Monarto (242) (51) Adelaide Parklands Roachdale Reserve Malcolm Wicks Reserve Michael Perry Botanic Reserve Woorabinda Bushland Reserve Engelbrook Reserve Randell Park Reserve Lynton & Sleeps Reserve Hindmarsh Falls Ingalalla Falls Myponga Reservoir Trail Willunga Hill Trail Altona CSR Landcare Reserve

Oaklands Wetland and Reserve, South Australia

Oaklands Wetland & Reserve

There are many wetlands and river trails to choose from in the Greater Adelaide region. A visit to any of these will offer a good range of waterbirds to record and wetland plants. (Although as the focus for iNaturalist is ‘wild’ organisms, best to avoid recording plants known to have been planted, or if doing so make sure to mark them as Casual observations).

Place Name (Number of observations uploaded) (Number of species recorded) Aldinga Washpool (139) (70) Hart Road Wetland (111) (53) Laratinga Wetlands (438) (105) Brodie Road Wetland (198) (39) Madeira Drive Wetland (58) (21) Byards Wetland (373) (63) Fountain Valley Reserve (89) (38) Candy Road Wetland (48) (24) Glade Crescent Wetland (8) (7) Oaklands Wetland and Reserve (411) (73) Gillman Wetlands (26) (15) Swanport Wetlands (57) (37) Paiwalla Wetlands Riverglades Wetland Rocky Gully Wetlands Greenfields Wetlands, Mawson Lakes St. Peters Billabong Felixstow Wetlands Warriparinga Wetlands (PDF Link) Barker Wetlands South, Wingfield (PDF Link) Apex Park and Breakout Creek Wetlands (PDF Link)

Aldinga Reef

Aldinga Reef

The Greater Adelaide region includes a long coastline, with large stretches of beachfront near Metropolitan Adelaide and at locations around the Fleurieu Peninsula. There are numerous shore accessible reefs and dive spots. The list below covers just some of the most biodiverse coastal sites in the Greater Adelaide region.

Place Name (Number of observations uploaded) (Number of species recorded) Aldinga Reef (323) (147) Noarlunga Reef (1039) (197) Second Valley (404) (167)