Things to do
A new local level playground and reserve upgrade is planned for Cormorant Drive, Hallett Cove.
This reserve has an interesting history with a Diprotodon (Giant Wombat) fossil remains found here in 1992. This Australian megafauna was the world’s largest marsupial and lived between 150,000-10,000 years ago.
A concept plan has been developed for the reserve and includes:
Community engagement occurred during November / December 2021. Outcomes are detailed in the consultation report.
Resident feedback has been collated and, where possible, will be incorporated into the final design.
Construction is anticipated to commence during the 2022/23 financial year.
For further information on this project visit Making Marion or contact the Recreation and Open Space Planning Team on 8375 6600.
The southern side of Cormorant Drive Reserve is an idyllic river setting with large established trees and remnant indigenous vegetation.
From the entrance on Cormorant Drive, walk along the eastern side through two imposing gate-way gum trees, and you will find a plaque that marks the site where Diprotodon fossils were found in 1992.
Further along, across the bridge, a large River Red Gum greets you and, to the left, the clearing is an ideal place to enjoy a quiet picnic. The sound of the river gurgles and there is abundant bird life.
At the end of the reserve is a plaque to the Green Corps crew who helped restore the area and there are two mosaics.
Find out more about the history and environment of the Field River on our website: Field River.
A community landcare group was established in 2006 to protect and care for the lower portion of the Field River and its environs. You can find out more on their website: Friends of the Lower Field River.
The nouthern side of Cormorant Drive Reserve is the mouth of the Field River as it flows out to sea.
A hard-surfaced path takes you to the beach where you can take a moment on the seats overlooking the view and smell the ocean.
Although there are no toilets at Cormorant Drive Reserve it's a lovely walk from the mouth of the river, along the beach to Heron Way Reserve (250 metres, 5 minutes).