Wood Duck Walk

15 min to 30 min
10 min to 40 min

870 m

↑ 12 m
↓ -12 m

Smooth & flat
Starting from the Playford Lake car park and picnic area on Sir Edwin Avenue, Belair National Park, this walk takes you on a circuit around Playford Lake via the Wood Duck Walk. The Wood Duck Walk is a short and easy walk around Playford Lake in Belair National Park, and as the name suggests, is a great place to spot ducks. The picturesque lake is home to a variety of waterbirds, including ducks, cormorants, dusky moorhens and Eurasian coots, with koalas inhabiting the surrounding trees. There are several benches with good views of the lake along the way, as well as informative signs detailing the local birdlife. The picnic area is well equipped with barbecue facilities, picnic tables and wheelchair-accessible public toilets. ​This loop consists mostly of bitumen trails with a few short gravel sections, suitable for prams and wheelchairs, and can be done in either direction. Dogs are allowed, but must be kept on a leash. 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.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
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.
Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-35.0057295,138.63779)
Mode Bus Car Train
DirectionsFrom Cross Road, A3, Highgate.
  • Turn on to Fullarton Road, B28 then drive for 2.5 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Old Belair Road, B28 and drive for another 1.5 km
  • Turn left onto James Road, B28 and drive for another 850 m
  • Turn left onto Sheoak Road and drive for another 510 m
  • Turn right onto Sir Edwin Avenue and drive for another 1.5 km
Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the Playford Lake car park and picnic area on Sir Edwin Avenue, Belair National Park, head towards the lake and get on the dirt walking track. Turn left and head along the said walking track as you keep the lake to your right. Head across the small bridge over the creek, then turn right and head along the sealed path as you follow the 'Wood Duck Walk' trail markers to continue along the Wood Duck Walk (clockwise).....
Turn map Directions & comments
Find the car park at the start.
Turn left, to head along Yurrebilla Trail.
After another 20 m cross the bridge (about 9 m long)
After another 7 m turn right.
After another 240 m veer right.
After another 80 m cross the ford.
Turn right.
After another 340 m cross the ford.
After another 9 m veer right, to head along Yurrebilla Trail.
After another 140 m come to a water tap.
About 30 m past the end is a toilet.
Turn left.
After another 15 m come to the end.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Wood Duck Walk

Class 1/6
Smooth & flat
Length 870 m
Time 15 min to 30 min
Quality of track Smooth and hardened path (1/6)
Gradient Flat, no steps (1/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (1/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There is one 910 m from the start.

Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
910 m[toilet]
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