An artist impression of the reservoir reserve. Credit: Government of South Australia

Published on 27 September 2021

Happy Valley Reservoir opening to the public on 11 December

Save the date! Happy Valley Reservoir will open to the community on 11 December 2021 for the first time in more than 120 years.

Construction of reservoir’s 20-kilometre trail network, car parks and a range of visitor facilities by the state government is now underway, ahead of the site’s highly-anticipated opening on 11 December this year.

For the first time in more than 120 years, the community will be able to kayak, fish, picnic, ride and run when the reservoir in Adelaide’s south opens for recreational access – enabled by state government’s landmark initiative to open reservoirs for all South Australians to enjoy.

Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs said crews had hit the ground running to create Happy Valley’s walking trails and visitor nodes with up to 30 full-time jobs being created.

“Our crews are busy establishing the facilities and trails that will be enjoyed by thousands of South Australians from later this year with the construction work to deliver recreational access at Happy Valley also supporting local jobs,” Minister Speirs said.

“The new amenities will include two kayak launch areas, car parks with trailer and kayak drop-off facilities, picnic settings and shelters, and a boardwalk jetty and lookout offering stunning views over the water.

“The site’s 20 kilometres of trails will take people along the water’s edge, through a pine forest, native flora and open grassy areas, which can be travelled on foot or on your mountain bikes and be ready to explore in time for a bumper summer holiday period.

“Adventure, family fun and environmental preservation underpin a wonderful nature experience at Happy Valley – situated right in the heart of metropolitan Adelaide and part of our once in a generation Glenthorne National Park precinct.

“Adelaide has been recognised as the third most liveable city in the world and this beautiful green, open space will further enhance this reputation.”

Visit the state government’s website for more information, and to see the approved Happy Valley Reservoir Reserve concept plan.



An artist impression of the reservoir reserve. Credit: Government of South Australia