A beautiful and rare remnant of upland swamp vegetation of the Fleurieu Peninsula.
Fraser Reserve is near Waitpinga on the Fleurieu Peninsula. Only 6 hectares in total, Fraser is a triangular parcel of land straddling a steep-sided tributary of Waitpinga creek. Once part of the neighbouring Fraser farm, it was gifted to the Trust in 1964 by Mr J.G. Fraser and conserves a beautiful and rare remnant of upland swamp vegetation of the Fleurieu Peninsula among a sea of otherwise cleared land. At least 175 indigenous plant species have been recorded with 35 of conservation significance. It has Messmate Stringybark (Eucalyptus obliqua), Pink Gum (Eucalyptus fasciculosa) and Brown Stringybark (Eucalyptus baxteri) woodland with a tall dense wet-heath understorey including Tufted Grass-tree (Xanthorrhoea semiplana) and areas of Hard Fern (Blechnum sp.), Saw-Sedge (Gahnia sp.) and Tea Tree (Leptospermum sp.). There is a “perched” peat bog with tea tree, ferns and cutting grass.
Due to the lack of parking or a walking trail and its fragility, the park is not promoted widely for visitation. Interested parties can visit by arrangement by contacting the Natural Heritage Manager.