Local plants and places

Local native plants

Local native plants are those species that originally grew in the area prior to colonisation and widespread land clearance.

Clearance, agriculture and urbanisation have dramatically altered the original landscape, we believe the Playford area contains only three per cent of the original native vegetation remaining across Playford. This figure declines to less than one per cent when we consider the Adelaide Plains on its own!

Therefore what does remain of the original vegetation is of critical value to our biodiversity – our local native plants and animals.

Growing local native plants in your garden is a great way to support our wildlife and is also an easy to maintain a water friendly garden. For information on the different plants to choose from, download the Creating a Wildlife Friendly Garden booklet or check out the native plant selector tool.


Local places

Playford's original habitats are strikingly diverse, ranging from the relative heights and high rainfalls of Mount Gawler North with its dense Stringybark forests in the east, down through the open woodlands of the One Tree Hill district and across the Mallee scrubs and grasslands of the plains to the coastal samphire flats and mangroves in the west.

Some of our favourite local spots include:

Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary

The Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary is a unique safe haven for shorebirds, many of which are truly remarkable – migrating each year between Australia and the northern hemisphere

Smith Creek Walk Trail

The Smith Creek Trail is a family-friendly three kilometre path that winds its way from Smithfield Plains to Stebonheath Park at Andrews Farm.

Little Para Seed Orchard

A great place to learn plant names and get ideas for your native garden.

Jo Gapper Dog Park and Walk Trail

Playford’s largest reserve with over 40 hectares of beautiful bushland, including trail walks and a lookout.

Whitford Bushland Reserve

This reserve has transformed over the last 10 years thanks to Council’s revegetation works.

Para Wirra Conservation Park

A 1,417 hectare protected area located in the foothills of the Mount Lofty Ranges.


Little Para Seed Orchard

The Little Para Seed Orchard is a local-native botanic garden. Maintenance and seed-collection is assisted by volunteers from the Playford Greening and Landcare Group.

The idea of the seed orchard is to create a central site where seed is collected for council's revegetation program. Seed collection may only be undertaken with Council permission.

The public is welcome to visit the Little Para Seed Orchard, which is best reached via the car-park at the rear of the Old Spot Hotel on Main North Road, Salisbury Heights.


For enquiries on our environment programs and volunteering contact please contact:

Attention: Playford Environment Team

Phone: 8256 0333

Email: playford@playford.sa.gov.au

Post: 12 Bishopstone Road, Davoren Park SA 5113 | Visit: Playford Civic Centre, 10 Playford Boulevard, Elizabeth
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