'Council wins United Nations Association of Australia award for Laratinga Wetlands!'

At an awards ceremony in Melbourne on Friday 3rd June 2011, the District Council of Mount Barker was judged the overall winner of the Best Specific Environmental Initiative category of the United Nations Association of Australia World Environment Day Award for Laratinga Wetland.

With a growing population, the disposal of treated water became a concern to Council in 1993. For many years the treated water flowed into the Mount Barker Creek and the impact on the ecology of the creek was becoming an issue. Upgrading of the waste water treatment plant began in the late 1990s and included plans to build the large artificial wetland to filter the water further and reuse it for local irrigators, parks and gardens.

Named after the Peramangk peoples name for the Mount Barker creek, Laratinga Wetland has taken several years to resemble a natural ecosystem. Landscaping design with the use of indigenous plant species has encouraged birds to utilise the wetland. Migrating birds utilise the safe island habitats. A food forest for Cockatoos has encouraged Cockatoos including the Yellow Tail Black Cockatoo back to the area.

Birdwatchers will be delighted with a good range of water birds and other species to be seen close up.

The wetlands are one of the most successful and most diverse artificial wetlands in Australia and unique to South Australia. Before they were established only a handful of bird species were seen in the area. Today more than 140 species visit with more than 40 species known to breed on the site.

Visit Laratinga wetlands and experience the trails and boardwalks that wind around the lagoons through a broad range of native vegetation. Our three trails are easily walkable - Chestnut Teal Trail (0.75km), Rosella Trail (2.0km) and Sacred Ibis Trail (2.6km)

A picnic area has been developed with barbecues, picnic tables, benches, shelters and toilet facilities, with plenty of seating provided around the wetlands to cater for the elderly and young.


Corner of Springs Rd and Bald Hills Rd Mount Barker
Carpark on Bald Hills Road

Free Guided Tours

The last Wednesday of each month. Bookings by contacting the District Council of Mount Barker on (08) 8391 7200


Picnic area, Barbeques, Toilets, Benches, Shelters, Bird Hides, Walking trails and plenty of seating around the wetland.

Walking Trails

Chestnut Teal Trail (0.75km - 15 mins), Rosella Trail (2.0km - 35 mins), Sacred Ibis Trail (2.6km - 45 mins)