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River Torrens Breakout Creek Stage 3

Breakout Creek along the River Torrens / Karrawirra Pari is steadily being transformed from an artificial channel into a more natural and healthy creek.

The stage 3 redevelopment is the longest stretch at 1.5 kilometres and marks the end of 30-year makeover for this section of the River Torrens, which connects the river (fresh water) and the sea (salt water).

The entire Breakout Creek redevelopment stretches from Tapleys Hill Road in Lockleys to the Torrens Outlet in West Beach, a total of 2.7 kilometres of river.

Stage 3 will create wetlands to capture and clean stormwater and manage high flows, remove weeds, plant native vegetation to slow and treat water coming down the river and open the currently fenced-off space for people to enjoy with trails, picnic areas, signage and art. It also involves working with the traditional owners of the land, the Kaurna people, to acknowledge the significance of the area, as well as create healthy habitat for fish and bird species, and improve the water quality of the Torrens.

A message from the Kaurna Nation: Karrawirra Pari is a point of shared connection. With your participation and continuous support we can rejuvenate the spirit of the river and build a sense of cultural connection to this landscape for us all to enjoy.

Project updates

Trail closures and notices

River Torrens Linear Park Trail closure - 1 August 2022

From Monday 1 August, the northern and southern sides of the River Torrens Linear Park Trail between Seaview and Tapleys Hill Road will be temporarily closed to enable work to take place on the redevelopment.

While these paths are closed, there will be no access for pedestrians and cyclists. Detour signage can be found on Seaview Road and Tapleys Hill Road or view the trail closure detour map.

We will keep you updated on the re-opening dates for both paths as the works progress.

The horses have been temporarily relocated until their new permanent areas have been established. We are continuing to work closely with Lockleys Riding Club to ensure the welfare of the horses.

Stage 3 design

The community was involved in developing 9 key design principles that were used to develop the concept plan and draft designs.

After extensive community feedback and engagement with local residents and stakeholders, the final designs (see below) were released in June 2021.

The design also takes into account the redevelopment of Apex Park (including a new arena for the Lockley Riding Club). The emphasis is on habitat creation and supporting continuity from Breakout Creek stages 1 and 2.

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The River Torrens used to flow through sprawling reed beds towards the Port River in the north and the Patawalonga Creek in the south. When the western suburbs of Adelaide were being built, Breakout Creek was dug out as a channel in the 1930s to stop flooding in the area.

Stage 1 of the redevelopment saw a 500m section of Breakout Creek east of Henley Beach Road in the suburbs of Fulham and Lockleys, developed from an artificial channel to a more natural one in 1999.

Stage 2 of the redevelopment saw about 700m between Henley Beach and Tapleys Hill roads continued to be opened up for community use with access to blue and green spaces with high biodiversity value in the urban landscape. It was completed in 2010 and included widening and deepening the channel, removing weeds and planting more than 200,000 native seedlings.

Stage 3 redevelopment

The third and final stage of redevelopment will:

  • open up 15 hectares of currently fenced-off land, for the community to enjoy
  • create new habitat for endangered and rare animals to live and breed
  • create wetlands that will improve the water quality of the river
  • remove weeds and plant more than 215,000 new native plants
  • create new accessible paths and river crossings, a boardwalk, viewing decks, and picnic areas
  • create new places to learn about Kaurna culture and history
  • maintain a designated horse area along the river and new bridle path for the local horse riding club near Apex Park
  • enhance the safety and amenity of the area by improving existing paths, upgrading lighting and improving access for pedestrians, cyclists and maintenance vehicles.

Construction timeline

Construction began in February 2022 and is expected to be completed by mid-2023.

Project partners

The project is a $14 million partnership between Green Adelaide, the City of Charles Sturt, the City of West Torrens, the South Australian Department for Trade and Investment through the Planning and Development Fund, the Australian Government through the Environment Restoration Fund, and SA Water. The project is committed to working with the Traditional Owners of the Adelaide plains, the Kaurna people.

News and blogs

Artist’s impressions reveal new community space on the River Torrens

The vision for a landmark environmental project along the River Torrens is now clearer with the release of artist’s impressions for the final stage of the Breakout Creek redevelopment.

Artist’s impressions reveal new community space on the River Torrens - Green Adelaide

Breakout Creek designs get the go-ahead

Final designs to complete a 30-year redevelopment of Breakout Creek along the River Torrens / Karrawirra Pari have been released.

Breakout Creek designs get the go-ahead - Green Adelaide