The Cascade Water Garden


2 Fairview Road, Crafers

Saturday 04 February 2023
Sunday 05 February 2023

10:00 AM
4:30 PM



Please bring cash as EFTPOS will not always be available.


Constructed just four years ago on the sloping hillside using many tons of artfully placed Carey Gully stone, the Cascade Water Garden is remarkable – a big, beautifully landscaped pond as well as an aquatic habitat. Crystal clear, unpolluted water is aerated as it spills over the huge rocks and cascades into a large pool which is home to aquatic plants, invertebrates, fish and three species of frogs. The plants and reeds naturally remove impurities and with the aeration and movement, the water is of a quality that would be clean enough to swim in without the use of chemicals!

Lomandra, dianella, Brachyscome daisies, golden yellow Chrysocephalums and creeping Pultenaeas grow in pockets among the rock and provide habitat for small reptiles and invertebrates. Birds including kookaburras and ducks are frequent visitors, and local honeyeaters and the resident honeybee colonies find food among the local native species and iconic Australian plants such as kangaroo paw and grass trees.

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 entertainment area with pizza oven provide spots to pause and enjoy the pool.

This ecologically sustainable water garden is an 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 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.

The pond’s designer and technical advisor will be on hand throughout the weekend to answer questions



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


  • Enjoy pizzas made on-site in the wood-fired pizza oven
  • 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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The standard entry fee is $10 adults, $8 concession on presentation of the Eligible Commonwealth Government concession cards (which are the Pensioner Concession Card and the Health Care Card, but not a Seniors Card).  The concession is also available on presentation of a Horticultural Tertiary student concession card for TAFE students.  OGSA Members, including current season Garden Owners are eligible for the $8 concession on presentation of their Membership card.

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