Highbury Aqueduct Reserve

The Highbury Aqueduct Reserve has been a community park since 2013, when a small atrrea of 8 ha was opened to the public. The reserve has become popular with local residents – for walking, gardening, exercising and conservation.

In March 2016 a further 8 ha was opened, with a new shared-use trail from Majestic Grove to Historic Drive.

Check out our 10 things to do in Highbury Aqueduct Reserve.


This iconic place has a fascinating history that can be traced back to the 1870s, when the state government bought the land and developed the aqueduct to transfer water into the Hope Valley Reservoir. 

Read all about the reserve’s history.

Master plan

In 2013 a Master plan for the Highbury Aqueduct Reserve was released after extensive community consultation. It proposes that the reserve serve as a park for the local community and provides a blueprint for its future development. The plan estimates the cost to open up the full length of the reserve at around $3.3m.

See the Master plan and master plan map.


So far, a lot of hard work has gone towards implementing the Master plan – there have been many achievements and there will be many more to come. We are proud to have:

  • built a shared use trail
  • carried out revegetation, bush restoration and weed removal
  • held school and community planting days
  • undertaken stormwater management projects.

These achievements couldn’t have happened without the dedication and support of the Green Army, Aboriginal Learning on Country, Conservation Volunteers Australia, and local residents and schools.

See our achievements to date.

Australian Government and Green Army logo 

How do I get involved?

Bush For Life

Highbury Aqueduct Reserve has a 3-hectare Bush For Life site behind Valley View Drive. The site has intact Blue Gum woodland and over 65 indigenous plant species, providing habitat for echidnas, koalas, kangaroos and possums, to name a few. Many bird species also visit, including a flock of about 50 Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos.

Local volunteers are always looking for more help and the site coordinator runs regular activities, such as bush management days. If you would like to get involved, please email Mark or phone 0417 421 474.

Pioneer Court Community Garden

The Pioneer Court Community Garden was established by local residents over 20 years ago, when the land was owned by SA Water. These intrepid gardeners created a productive and beautiful garden of fruit and nut trees and vegetables – home to over 180 different kinds of plants.

There are places still available so if you’d like to lease a plot to grow your own veggies and/or help to manage the existing orchard, please register your interest. Email Pioneer Court Community Garden, or phone 0411 604 326. You can also check out their Facebook page.

Volunteering with rangers

If you live locally and would like to help with weeding or revegetating, please email Dave Fraser, Senior Ranger, or phone (08) 8115 4618 or (08) 8115 4600.

FlukerPost research project

This citizen science project allows you to contribute towards the ongoing care of natural environments by taking photographs from fixed photo-points (FlukerPosts).

These are robust location markers, with easy-to-follow instructions, asking passers-by to take photos with a camera or smartphone and submit them to researchers via email. The photos from each site are uploaded to a public webpage.

Historical records are then created so that changes can be monitored over time, assisting researchers and land managers to understand and make decisions about management of these sites.

UniSA has installed a FlukerPost in the Highbury Aqueduct Reserve next to the trail between Fleshford Avenue and Nursery Way. It is orientated so people can take photographs of the drainage line and revegetation.

Learn more about the project on the Discovery Circle website.

Latest news

Resident information sheet #8, March 2017.

For copies of past information sheets, please contact the Project Manager.

Related links

Lead agency

Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges

More information

  • Project Manager
    43 High Street, Gawler East
    8115 4600
Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges