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Greenfields Wetlands


Quick Facts

Extending over 114 hectares, Greenfields Wetlands is one of the first large, constructed urban wetlands in Australia.

Greenfields Wetlands came into existence in 1984, when the City of Salisbury prepared and approved the initial concept of developing 42 hectares of low-lying saline land into a stormwater detention basin and wetlands habitat. After Council approval in 1989, Stage 1 (25ha) was completed in 1990, Stage 2 (12ha) in 1993 and the largest stage, Stage 3 (72ha) in 1995.

This area of land has become home to over 160 species of birds, eight species of fish, four species of frog, yabbies, long-necked tortoise and numerous aquatic invertebrates.

More than 25 species of aquatic plants thrive in Greenfields Wetlands.

Guided Tours at Greenfields Wetlands

Did you know that the City of Salisbury are once again offering guided tours of the Greenfields Wetlands for community groups?

Discover the natural beauty of the Greenfields Wetlands located off the Salisbury Highway at Mawson Lakes. Learn about the history of the site and the natural water cleansing process of the wetlands.

Discover some of the 160 reported bird species, frogs, fish or fauna onsite.

These guided tours are run by City of Salisbury volunteers. Times and dates are dependent upon availability and bookings must be made in advance.

For further information, please contact Riannah on P: 8406 8222 or email



(Stage 1, 2 and 3.), Salisbury Highway

Green Fields SA 5107


In the early 1980's the triangle between Port Wakefield Road and Salisbury Highway was nothing more than a bare stock and paddock. Fast forward to the present, and the space, now home to Greenfields Wetlands and innovative Watershed Sustainability Centre, is a picturesque location boasting an abundance of plant life and animals.

A pioneering development, Greenfields Wetlands is one of the first large, constructed urban wetlands in Australia. The objectives of the project include flood protection and retention, enhancement of the landscape, improved water quality and aquifer storage and recovery. Greenfields also features a nature trail with boardwalks and bird hides, facilitating environmental education and eco-tourism. Car parking is provided at the Watershed.