From 1997 to mid-2010, Melbourne has experienced a significant reduction in water supply reservoir inflow (Melbourne Water Corporation 2010). The 2009-10 La Niña brought welcome rains, but long term prospects remain uncertain in the face of climate change (Cai and Cowan 2008, Solomon et al. 2007). In response to the drought, water restrictions were enacted by the Victorian government to reduce water demand while infrastructure projects were commissioned to increase the water supply. These water restrictions limited the use of water outdoors, and have had negative impacts on the vegetation of the suburban landscape. Adaptations can be made to mitigate these negative impacts by reducing the need for the use of potable mains water in the landscape. This paper presents the findings from a content analysis of articles relating to water restrictions in Melbourne newspapers to identify changes in the way the topic was discussed within the public discourse. The study found that, between 2007 and 2010, expressions of uncertainty and scepticism about climate change had increased over time in newspapers in Melbourne, consistent with the politisation of the topic and its transition from a scientific debate into a political debate. The study also found that the acceptance of the responsibility of households to adapt to the immediate drought was especially high in the local newspapers, despite any difference of opinion there may be about the role of climate change in relation to the severity of the drought. This study is a part of a larger research program looking at the relationship between the public discourse surrounding water restrictions and drought, people's personal attitudes towards climate change, and changes to the physical suburban landscape as a result of drought adaptation. A better understanding of how and why suburban dwellers make landscape adaptations to climate change will contribute towards more effective climate change adaptation in the future.