– Belair National Park –
, covering an 835ha area. It was proclaimed in 1891 and was the first National Park in South Australia, second in Australia (after Sydney’s Royal National Park which was proclaimed in 1879) and the tenth in the world. The park lies within the Adelaide Hills and Mitcham council area, and forms part of a chain of national park reserves located along the Adelaide Hills Face Zone. The Belair National Park is administrated by the Department for Environment and Heritage.
The Belair National Park has excellent recreation and social facilities within on outdoor environment. There are many areas of interest within the park, including Old Government House, the park Nursery, Playford Lake and the Adventure Playground. It has numerous tennis courts and ovals, and has walking, bike and horse-riding trails. The park has an outstanding presentation of the State’s native fauna, attracting visitors, showcasing the State’s park system and contributing to the community awareness of the natural environment. Some species of fauna commonly encountered in the park include the Southern Brown Bandicoot, Tawny Frogmouth, Brown Tree Frog and Shingleback Lizard.
Wood Duck Dawdle
- A short circuit around Playford Lake.
Lorikeet Loop Walk
- A 3km circuit walk from the main car park to the Adventure Playground.
Valley Loop Walk
- A 3km circuit walk to Long Gully.
- A 4km circuit departing from near Playford Lake.
- The park’s best walk. A 6.5 km circuit that visits the park’s waterfalls and travels to the higher areas away from the recreation areas.
- The first 5km of the Yurrebilla Trail is in the Belair National Park. It begins at the Belair railway station and continues toward the Lower Waterfall before departing the park at the Sheoak Road boundary.
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