Highbury Aqueduct Reserve

Highbury Aqueduct is a 48 ha reserve located in the City of Tea Tree Gully, approximately 10 km north east of Adelaide. The reserve has been a community park since 2013, when a small 8 ha area was opened to the public. Since then a further 35 ha have been opened with the final 12 ha to be opened in late 2019. The reserve has become popular with local residents for walking, bike riding, bird watching, gardening, exercising and conservation.

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

Following the completion of a master plan in 2012, works have been undertaken to reduce risk throughout the reserve, remove boundary fences to allow public access and construct shared use trails. Several other projects across the site include stormwater erosion control, revegetation works and weed eradication. The reserve is home to the Pioneer Court Community Garden and it is an active Bush For Life site.

History

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

Read a brief history of the reserve.

Master plan

In 2013 a master plan for the Highbury Aqueduct Reserve was released after extensive community consultation. It proposes that the reserve serves 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.

Achievements

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:

  • constructed a main shared use trail through the reserve including trails to Linear Park
  • carried out revegetation, bush restoration and weed removal
  • held school and community planting days
  • undertaken stormwater management projects
  • carried out tree risk mitigation works across site.

These achievements couldn’t have happened without the dedication and support of Green Army, Aboriginal Learning on Country, Conservation Volunteers Australia, Trees For Life,  City of Tea Tree Gully, local residents and schools.

See our achievements to date.


Australian Government and Green Army logo

How can I get involved?

Bush For Life

Highbury Aqueduct Reserve has a 3 ha Bush For Life site behind Valley View Drive. The site contains a remnant patch of Blue Gum woodland and is home to 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 up to 150 Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos.

The Bush For Life program trains volunteers to care for precious remnant bushland sites like the Highbury Aqueduct Reserve. The site coordinator runs regular group activities and is always looking for help. If you would like to get involved please email Mark or call 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 garden plots available so if you’d like to lease one to grow your own veggies and/or help manage the existing orchard, please register your interest. Email Pioneer Court Community Garden, or phone Mario on 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 Senior Project Manager, David Fraser or phone 0407 610 359.


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Lead agency

Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges

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Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges