Starting just off Creekton Road in Strathblane, this walk leads to Duckhole Lake and back via the Duckhole Track. This walk takes you through a forest of stringybarks and stretches of tea tree swamp, via a well-constructed boardwalk that follows a stream running off the lake. A steep but short slope leads to a small cleared spot with a picnic table, revealing the beautiful lake. Lying within the Southwest National Park, Duckhole Lake is a deep flooded sinkhole connected to the extensive surrounding cave network. There is no formal path around the lake but it is possible to wander along the banks on either side of the path, and there is a rustic seat where you can sit and enjoy fine views of Adamson's Peak. It is perfect for those just wanting to immerse themselves in beautiful rainforest scenery and enjoy a quiet stroll in nature. The biggest challenge may be finding where the track starts, due to a lack of clear signage. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
Turn on to Old Hastings Road then drive for 1.1 km
Turn right onto Darcy Link and drive for another 3.6 km
Turn left onto Creekton Road and drive for another 3.4 km
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started If approaching from the north, after leaving Dover you'll pass through the tiny town of Strathblane after a few km, and a bridge crossing the Esperance River. From the bridge, look out for a turn-off 3.1 km further south, onto a gravel road on the right. There isn't much warning of it, so slow down when you think you're getting near. Turn right into this road (Old Hastings Road), then at a junction about 1km further on go right (Darcy Link Road). A little further on turn left into Creekton Road, and look out for the track parking area (signposted) on the left side of the road, close to a small bridge.....
Directions & comments
At the intersection of Duck Hole Walk & Creekton Road Start heading along Duck Hole Walk (a walking track).
Continue another 2.2 km to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 2.2 km to get back to the start.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
1 h to 1 h 45 min
Quality of track
Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)
No experience required (2/6)
Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)