The Cascade Water Garden


2 Fairview Road, Crafers

Saturday 06 February 2021
Sunday 07 February 2021

10:00 AM
4:30 PM



This garden will open under a Covid Safe plan. Please allow suitable distancing and follow health etiquette. Please check back prior to the weekend opening in case there has been any change in Health Department regulations.


The Cascade Water Garden is a pond and aquatic habitat constructed on the slope of a hillside using many tons of artfully placed Carey Gully stone. Crystal clear water spills over the huge rocks and cascades into a large pool which is home to aquatic plants, invertebrates, fish and frogs. The water is aerated by the movement and filtered by the plants and reeds which naturally remove impurities - without adding chemicals, the result is a water quality clean enough to swim in!

Australian plants and grasses are establishing in the rockeries that border the pool and waterfalls. Small purple Brachyscome daisies, golden yellow Chrysocephalums and creeping Pultenaeas provide habitat for small reptiles and invertebrates. A mixture of local native species and iconic Australian plants such as kangaroo paw and grass trees provide food for both local honeyeaters and the resident honeybee colonies. Tiny endangered pygmy perch, now extinct in the wild have been added and hopefully will breed in the pond’s clear unpolluted water.

This water garden is also a place for people to use and enjoy. Stone steps provide access down the sloping site, while a deck, lawn and a surrounding gravel path provide spots to pause and enjoy the pool. Close by is an entertaining area and freshly made pizzas cooked in the wood-fired pizza oven will be available. 

The pond has fulfilled the aim of creating an ecologically sustainable water garden and is exemplar for gardens of the future. Solar panels and batteries produce all the power required to run the pumps and maintain the water garden and also provide electricity for the house. Rainwater is also collected and stored on site as part of the water system and in addition there is a 200,000L underground tank.

The Cascade Water Garden was completed less than two years ago and with time, the plants will continue to establish and soften the rockwork. The surrounding garden is still a work in progress but the pool exemplifies how an ecological water system inspired by nature can in itself be a feature.  

The pond was awarded a 2020 Master Landscapers SA Award for its construction.


Please note: this garden is unsuitable for prams and wheelchairs as it has many rocks, as well as uneven paths and steep slopes. Children must be supervised at all times. 

Extra activities: Enjoy pizzas made on-site in the wood-fired pizza oven, as well as tea and coffee. The pond's designer and technical advisor will be on hand throughout the weekend to answer questions. 

Size: 1000 sqm


The nominated charity for this garden is: Koala Rescue

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