Window on the Wetlands
Window on the Wetlands Visitor Centre is perched on Beatrice Hill, one of the highest points on the Adelaide River floodplain. The Visitor Centre provides an introduction to the northern coastal wetlands. The upswept line of the roof echoes the wings of the dancing brolga, one of the most spectacular wetland birds.
At the centre you will find interactive displays about seasonal changes, the ecological processes that occur in the wetlands and the problems of feral animals and weeds. Touch-screen computers help you find detailed information on wildlife and local Aboriginal and European history. From the top floor of the Visitor Centre you can enjoy the superb views across the floodplains, especially during the early morning or late afternoon. In the wet season you can see the flooded wetlands and if you are lucky, spectacular lightning storms. Flooded for half of the year and baked for the other half, this is a region of great contrasts.
Entry is free to the Visitor Centre and it is open every day from 8.00am to 5.30pm. Window on the Wetlands Visitor Centre is air-conditioned, has toilet and picnic facilities and has ample parking for caravans and buses.
Coffee, hot chocolate, soft drinks and water are all available for purchase from the centre (the cafe and souvenir shop is currently only open on weekends). There are also a range of souvenirs for sale including:
- Local art work
- Post cards
- Book marks
Every Saturday and Sunday from May to October, the team at Window on the Wetlands provide nature talks. Discover a rich variety of wetland plants, animals and culture as well as learn about the pests and weeds that threaten the ecological significance of the coastal wetlands. The talks commence at 9.30am and 2.30pm and run for 15 to 30 minutes.
WoW Visitor Center Building
WoW Interactive Display
Late Afternoon Sunset
The Floodplains in the Wet Season