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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.