Lake walk at Mawson

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February 13th 2007
Published: February 13th 2007
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Around the Lake

At Mawson Lakes

Bus stopBus stopBus stop

Get off the bus at the UniSA-Mawson Lakes bus stop. To see the images as a slide show click on the image and then use the controls at the top of the window to move through the slides.


The Lake walk is adjacent to the Mawson Lakes campus of the University of South Australia and is one that we regularly do. It only takes 30 minutes to do the 3km walk and you can see considerable numbers of birds as you go around.

How to get there ...

Mawson lakes is 17 km North of Adelaide along Main North Road.

The walk starts at the bus stop at UniSA, Mawson Lakes. Head South back along University Boulevard and across Mawson Lakes Boulevard. Go over the low foot bridge to cross the lake in front of Technology Park and then go around the lake in a clockwise direction.

What happened ...

It was a bright and sunny morning - with a temperature in the low 30s. Many light planes were over head practising landings and take-offs at the near-by Parafield Airport. We pretty much had the path to ourselves however there was a group of people with remote-operated model boats on the Southern side of the lake. There were many tiny fish in the shallows and at one point we heard a splash and saw some enormous carp!

There were plenty of birds swooping and
University BoulevardUniversity BoulevardUniversity Boulevard

Start the walk by heading back down University Boulevard, past Endeavor College and the Signal Processing Unit Building
resting in the lake. My camera doesn't zoom very close but I have linked in some online images of the birds to their names.

Spotted were flocks of Little terns and whiskered terns. On the banks were Australian white ibis, White-faced herons, Australian wood ducks, Magpie Larks, Pacific black ducks, Silver gulls, Crested pigeons, Masked lapwings (large plover), Swamp hens, Eurasian coots and Willy wagtails.

In the trees we saw Galahs, Australian Magpies, and 3 types of Cormorants - Little pied, Little black and Pied. The familiar Welcome swallow and House sparrow were also there.

If you do see a bird in Adelaide, and you want to try and identify it - try this web site.

So all in all a very enjoyable short walk - although it can get a bit windy sometimes.

Additional photos below
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Mawson BoulevardMawson Boulevard
Mawson Boulevard

Cross Mawson Boulevard
Technology ParkTechnology Park
Technology Park

Go past Technology Park and use the small bridge to head around the lake in a clockwise direction
Grand treeGrand tree
Grand tree

A magnificent example of a gum tree that was on the original water course
Pied cormorantPied cormorant
Pied cormorant

Sitting on a light post
Sailing lake-sideSailing lake-side
Sailing lake-side

A group of people are sailing remote controlled boats on the lake.
Watch out belowWatch out below
Watch out below

Cormorants in a tree - the walk way is quite white in this area
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Half way around the big part

Looking East towards the Adelaide Hills - Have walked down the right hand side and now heading to the left hand side
Solar lightsSolar lights
Solar lights

Path illuminated at night by the sun
Bird and fish hide-awaysBird and fish hide-aways
Bird and fish hide-aways

The edges of the lake have rocks and reeds to provide protection for birds and small fish
Past the footbridgePast the footbridge
Past the footbridge

Final part - go past the little footbridge and continue in a clockwise direction
Back to Technology Park pathBack to Technology Park path
Back to Technology Park path

Take the walkway back around the small part of the lake. You can follow this around to get back to where you started. The Shopping centre, restaurants, library and University buildings are to the North.

18th June 2011

Our recent stay at Mawson Lakes...
...My wife & I have recently returned to our home here in North Yorkshire U.K. having spent a wonderful five weeks staying at Mawson Lakes just outside Adelaide City...We were there for our younger son's wedding actually, which was held at the Botanic Gardens in the City...The weather was perfect, the ceremony was very nice & the reception was absolutely fantastic too & we would like to return there next year & catch up with the many friends we have over in Australia...Such a wonderful country with so many friendly people there.
20th June 2011

Great to hear your enjoyed your stay and the sunshine.

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