Belair National Park, Belair

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Belair National Park is a protected area located at Belair in South Australia, 13km south of Adelaide city centre and which covers an area of 835ha. It was proclaimed in 1891 and was the first national park in South Australia, second in Australia and the tenth in the world. The national park lies within the Adelaide Hills and Mitcham council area, and forms part of a chain of protected areas located along the Adelaide Hills Face Zone. The national park is administered by the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources.DescriptionThe Belair National Park has excellent recreation and social facilities within an outdoor environment. There are many areas of interest within the park, including Old Government House, the Nursery, Playford Lake and the Adventure Playground. It has numerous tennis courts and ovals, and has walking, bike and horse-riding trails. The national 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 national park include the southern brown bandicoot (Isoodon obesulus), tawny frogmouth (Podargus strigoides), brown tree frog ((Litoria ewingii) and shingleback lizard (Tiliqua rugosa).
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  • Surprised there are any animals left; 90% of cars going over the speed limit. Quite scary with the speeding cars.  more »
  • A hundred school children descend on the lawns of Belair National Park, the silver birches as their backdrop, the towering pines keeping a watchful eye. ‘Take nothing from the park, leave nothing...  more »
  • I love checking out the trails here, there are lots of picnic areas here too and many a koala and kangaroo will be seen when we are wandering around, I think if you are taking a bike though it can be a slight let down because of inconsistent signage, not enough signs tell you where cyclists are meant to go and we found quite a few times we had ended up on tracks that were impossible to ride on (stairs and really narrow paths). Definitely take thicker clothes on some tracks as thorny bushes can hurt and don't wear your best clothes as it can get quite dusty in parts, Belair national Park can be quite wild in many places but that's also what can make it beautiful
  • Large park with a number of walks ranging from novice to expert. Walking tracks provide a good tour of what the park has to offer, and are all in a loop that allow you to return to your origin. There is a fee for most car parks on entrance, however, if you are lucky (and willing to walk a bit more) you can find a free parking space a bit further out from the designated car parks to save the entrance cost. Abundance of wildlife, almost guaranteed to see at least one koala.

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