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by Dave Walsh (subscribe)
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Published November 19th 2012
The animals say feed me, not talk to me
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Woorabinda Lake


Woorabinda is a scenic nature reserve and wetlands located in Stirling in the Adelaide Hills. The area is rich with native fauna and wildlife, and offers a scenic walk around the lake through colourful native flora.

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Haven't I Told You Not To Talk to Strangers?


When I visited on a beautiful sunny day there were lots of aquatic birds with chicks on the banks of the lake, while invisible birds in the trees made their melodious calls.

It was near the middle of the day - I understand that the diversity of birdlife is even more visible early in the day and the evening.

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Shall We Duck Out for a Drink?


The lake area is very popular with local families and children, while I was there several groups came to feed the ducks and ducklings.

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Talk to the Animals


Groups of people of all ages were walking around the lake, and it is also a favourite place for model boating enthusiasts.

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Sailing a Radio Controlled Boat on the Lake


Dog owners can bring their pets on leash only due to the abundance of wildlife including bandicoots, lizards, frogs, koalas and possums. There are plenty of other off leash parks elsewhere in the local area where there is no wildlife to threaten.

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Local Flowers Add a Splash of Colour


If you're serious about bird watching, there is a great hide on the opposite side of the Woorabinda Lake from the entrance on Mabel St/Woorabinda Rd. There are bird identification charts mounted inside the hide to help you get the species names of any birds that you spot.

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The Bird Hide


The lake is man made, part of the railway history of South Australia. The area was known as Crossfell from the 1880's until around 1950, and even in 1891 the population was around 67 people living in 16 houses.

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Dam Outlet, Possibly Leading to Aldgate Station


In the 1920's the South Australian Railways built this dam to provide water for steam engines that travelled through the hills to Bridgewater. You can see an 1883 photo of a steam engine at the nearby Mount Lofty station here. The water from the dam eventually flowed down to Aldgate station, where it was held in tanks for use when needed.

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Possibly Part of the Railway's Infrastructure


People visit here for all sorts of reasons - the animals, birds, flowers, the exercise of walking around the lake, or just the serenity of the tranquil environment.

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Take a Seat and Watch Wildlife


Thankfully the Friends of Stirling Linear Park have looked after this place well for the benefit of all of us.

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Boardwalk Through the Reed Bed


A self guided walk brochure is available to help you navigate the Reserve. There are marker posts dotted around which correspond to numbers in the brochure with helpful information.

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Helpful Guide Posts


There are also sketches of local birds to aid identification.

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Even Ducklings Like to Keep Cool


To see more photos of the Woorabinda Lake Reserve, you can take a look on Flickr.

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More Colourful Flora


If you came up to the Hills to see Woorabinda, there are several other exciting attractions nearby that you will also enjoy. Historic Mackereth Cottage and the Almanda silver mine are not far away at Scott Creek.

Warrawong Animal Park is free, and just down the road. Or if you are heading to Mylor the check out the Bootmaker's Cottage.

Going back to the city? Check out the suburb that doesn't exist, or call in to explore the Waite Precinct at the bottom of the freeway.

Enjoy your escape from the city.

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Scenic Woorabinda Lake
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Why? Escape the city and see wildlife in a scenic environment
When: Anytime
Where: Woorabinda Drive, Stirling, South Australia
Cost: Free
Your Comment
I love ducks. Looks like a very peaceful place. Nice to take a picnic and a good book and just forget about the world for a little bit.
by Kathleen (score: 2|578) 1586 days ago
Of all days to forget the GPS and findng the good old street directory missing from the car, I inadvertently ended up at this spot. I did not see any signage from Stirling central itself that led to Stirling Park nor Waroobinda Reserve. However, getting lost had its merits.

Waroobinda was just lovely. The ducks definitely get up close and personal, hoping for a feed. The model boating enthusiast were such a friendly bunch and even offered a little play on their construction. They pointed out a public toilet leading up the stairs behind them which would be handy to know. I am going back on another occasion with a picnic planned.
by Yin-Yin Ow (score: 3|1589) 1586 days ago
The radio controlled boats look like so much fun.
by Where I Holiday (score: 2|338) 1587 days ago
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