After following the path a short distance down the hill you can see a creek ahead. This is Botanic Creek. It’s the central feature of King Rodney Park.

The creek is bordered by dense mature vegetation and provides lovely areas to rest sitting on a log or to enjoy a picnic.

Botanic Creek doesn’t run all year. It’s an “ephemeral” creek; meaning that it flows only after rainfall.

It channels water from near Greenhill Road, north through all the eastern Park Lands, and eventually empties into the Botanic Gardens lake about a kilometre north of here.

Before European settlement, this part-time watercourse would have been a camping area for the Kaurna people, with the watercourse providing a wealth of natural resources, mainly in the wetter months of the year.

The bridge that you can see here is by far the newest bridge within the Park. When it was first built in the early 1900’s it was a timber bridge but it was re-done in 1999, in steel so that it could carry Council maintenance vehicles.

FROM HERE, DON’T CROSS THE BRIDGE BUT TURN RIGHT TO FOLLOW THE PATH TOWARDS WAKEFIELD ROAD and STOP AT A SIGN ABOUT “DISC GOLF”.

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