Just outside of Adelaide near the Barossa Valley, Dry Creek sprawls out in a parched display of industrial suburban life. Though the surrounding region of the Barossa Valley is well-known for its lush greenery and abundance of picturesque wineries, Dry Creek offers a different landscape for visitors.
In this part of the area there are wetlands that unfold in every direction. At one point in time the region was solely devoted to salt crystallisation pans, which are managed by Ridley Corporation. Over the past few years, Dry Creek has popped up in the news on numerous occasions because the corporation that owns it plans to redevelop the entire are for housing, tapping into its industrial suburban past.
The wetlands are perhaps the most popular part of the region, and they are made up of several different sections that run from the very eastern edges of the suburb to the fresh sea outlet of Dry Creek. Together, these areas make up part of the storm water management system that services Salisbury and the City of Port Adelaide Enfield.
They connect up numerous drains throughout the sprawling scenery of the Adelaide Plains, including Dry Creek, and act as the outflow point for the storm water pipes. Some areas of the wetlands have been landscaped, but even today they still only have limited public access.
What to See at Dry Creek Salt Crystallisation Pans
The Plant Life in Dry Creek
The wetlands are a hotbed of flora, with many opportunities to spot ancient, native plant life while you’re exploring. It hosts one of the most southerly mangrove habitats in the world, as well as other notable sights like extensive reed and samphire beds.
The Animal Life in Dry Creek
As well as an abundance of exciting plant life, the region is home to numerous different animal species, particularly large bird and fish populations. The fish leave the North Arm Creek and swim into the Gulf of St Vincent, which has also been named as an Important Bird Area. Keep your eyes peeled for wetland migratory species as you go.
Exploring the Salt Crystallisation Pans gives you the chance to discover a different side to Australia, one that seems far removed from the lush green landscape of the Barossa Valley, which sits just a few kilometres away. It’s ideal for nature lovers who are looking to spot some of Australia’s wetland species.