Bonython Park ‘Billabong’ and terraced garden

Just down the hill on the northern side of the playground is the River Torrens /Karrwirra Pari. If you take a seat anywhere in this area it will only take a couple of minutes for hungry ducks to approach looking for a snack. You are also likely to see coots, dusky moorhens, swamphens, swans, ibis and magpies here or close by.

Historical evidence suggests this area was a billabong used as a fishing spot for the Kaurna people prior to European settlement.

Following the arrival of European settlers from the late 1830s to 1914 it was used as a watering venue and cattle grazing agistment area, together with waste refuse and offal dumping. Landscaping works in 1960 helped re-create the billabong with terracing on the banks of the Torrens. Today you will still find keen fishermen here casting a line.

This rockery garden created in the mid 1960s in conjunction with the Bonython Park renovations consists of an embankment organically sculptured with boulders. This is a unique and beautiful part of the Park and you can view it best from down at the water’s edge. The Garden possesses two internal concrete staircases and a lookout arc, and is extensively planted with a mixture of River Red Gums, Oriental Agapanthus, Grevillea, Italian Cypress, Pigface, Kurrajong, Lavender, Cape Plumbago and Silver Wormwood.

In the garden, on a boulder, you can see a bronze plaque that celebrates Adelaide as the international host city of World Environment Day on 5 June 2000. It is situated beneath several mature River Red Gums.

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