Highbury Aqueduct Reserve

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

In March 2016 a further 8 ha was opened, with a new shared-use trail running from Majestic Grove to Historic Drive. This was followed by the opening of the Block 4 trail in June 2014 which leads from Majestic Drive and links to Linear Park trail along the Torrens River. February 2018 saw an additional 6.5 ha opened to the public with the walking trail continuing from Historic Drive through to Boundy Road.

Planning is underway for the construction of approximately 10 linkage trails which will create greater access for both walkers and riders to the reserve. It will include trail signs and seating throughout the reserve.

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.

The Bush for Life program trains volunteers to care for precious remnant bushland sites like 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. Visit the Bush for Life website for more information. 

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 Tom Lord, Senior Ranger, or phone 8115 4617 or Northern Hills Coast and Plains office 8115 4600.

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Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges

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