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Dry Creek
AdelaideSouth Australia
Barker Inlet wetlands at Dry Creek
Dry Creek is located in South Australia
Dry Creek
Dry Creek
Location in South Australia
Population 228 (2016 census)
Postcode(s) 5094
  • City of Salisbury
  • City of Port Adelaide Enfield
State electorate(s) Port Adelaide (2018)
Enfield (2015)
Federal Division(s) Makin
Suburbs around Dry Creek:
Garden Island Barker Inlet
Globe Derby Park
Gillman Dry Creek Mawson Lakes
Gillman Gillman
Gepps Cross
Footnotes Adjoining suburbs

Dry Creek is a mostly industrial suburb north of Adelaide, containing significant wetlands and a substantial area formerly devoted to salt crystallisation pans, managed by Ridley Corporation, which planned to redevelop the site for housing. This plan, first put forward in 2008, was revived in 2013, for a proposed 10,000 homes. Salt production ceased in 2014, and in 2016 Ridley Corporation sold the land to Adelaide Resource Recovery.


It is named for the Dry Creek, a stream and drain which flows through the suburb and into Swan Alley, a tidal distributory of Barker Inlet, Gulf St Vincent.

It was the site of the soapworks of W. H. Burford & Son from 1923 (adjacent to the Dry Creek railway station, and formerly used for smelting ore from Broken Hill) and a pioneering "garden suburb" for its employees, designed by W. J. Earle (who also laid out Cadbury's model town at Claremont, Tasmania). The name Burford Gardens has vanished, but its streets remain: Flame Avenue, Gum Avenue, Wattle Avenue, Grevillea Avenue and Bushwood Avenue.

The buildings of the former Dry Creek explosives depot, now State heritage-listed, are on Magazine Road between the Salisbury Highway South Road Connector and the salt pans.


The Dry Creek wetlands are composed of many separate sections running from the eastern edge of the suburb to the sea outlet of Dry Creek. They form part of the storm water management system for the City of Salisbury and the City of Port Adelaide Enfield and are connected to numerous drains that run across the Adelaide Plains including the eponymous Dry Creek, as well as being the outflow point for storm water pipes. Some of the wetlands have been extensively landscaped but have only limited public access.

The wetlands form a fauna and flora haven with one of the southern most mangrove habitats in the world, extensive reed and samphire beds and a large bird and fish population. They discharge via North Arm creek into the Barker Inlet of Gulf St Vincent. The wetlands are part of the Gulf St Vincent Important Bird Area.


Salt Harvesting - Dry Creek
Harvesting Dry Creek's salt pans

Dry Creek railway station is located on the Gawler railway line. The Northfield railway line, which branched eastwards from Dry Creek station, was closed in 1987.

Dry Creek was a site of a bogie exchange used to overcome a Break of gauge.

The Port River Expressway traverses Dry Creek east–west, and the North–South Motorway provides a new north–south route through the suburb.

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