Laratinga Wetlands

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Laratinga Wetlands at Mount Barker was constructed in 1999 for the further filtration and treatment of waste water from the nearby water treatment plant. It is now a haven for water birds and the nearby trees provide nest sites for other birds.

[top]Getting there

A comfortable 38km (40min) drive to Mount Barker down the South Eastern Freeway (M1), the main entrance and car park to the wetlands is located on Bald Hills Road.

[top]When to go


There is a picnic area with sheltered tables and chairs along with BBQs and two public toilets.

[top]Key species

  • Hoary-headed Grebe - Poliocephalus poliocephalus
  • Australasian Grebe - Tachybaptus novaehollandiae
  • Chestnut Teal - Anas castanea
  • Grey Teal - Anas gracilis
  • Blue-billed Duck - Oxyura australis
  • Australasian Shoveler - Anas rhynchotis


Blue-billed Duck bred at Laratinga over the summer 2010/11. A Rose Robin was sighted near pond 11 in 2009.

Mount Barker Council PDF Map showing amenities and trails.

[top]Maps & GPS

Main Entrance and Car Park 35 4'17.41"S 13853'17.63"E
Picnic area, BBQ and toilets 35 4'18.68"S 13853'9.97"E

Map of Laratinga Wetlands with Pond Numbers. Bob Snell and Birdpedia reproduced with kind permission. (Click image for full size map)


Australasian Bittern at Laratinga Wetlands in 2008Australasian Bittern at Laratinga Wetlands in 2008
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