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Duckhole Lake

10. Duckhole Lake

time 1.5 hour return (2.1km one way)
access South of Dover. Approaching from the north, take the old Hastings Road from the A6 at a junction 3.1km south of the Esperance River bridge in the township of Strathblane, after 1km turn right onto the Darcy Link Road and then left onto Creekton Rd until carpark and start of walking track is reached. From the south, turn off A6 onto Hastings Road, then turn off Hastings Road 3 kms after the Hastings Cave Visitor Centre right onto Chestermans Road, then right onto Coal Hill Road. Note that these are 4WD only, slippery, narrow roads with steep side slopes. See map
fees Park entry fees apply.
facilities Picnic table at lake. Toilets, café, picnic and barbecue facilities and thermal swimming pool are located at Hastings Caves State Reserve approximately 7.5km from Duckhole Lake car park.
grade Level 2. Level track suitable for all age groups.
what to take Group A items
cautions Supervise children, water in creeks and lakes
prohibited No pets, firearms or bicycles

Remnants of the old sawmill tramwayPhotograph by Steve Johnson
This is an easy stroll to an idyllic lake. Duckhole Lake is a flooded sinkhole that is part of the surrounding cave and karst landscape.

Highlights

This walk makes an enjoyable addition to a visit to the Hastings Caves or a drive along Forestry Tasmania's Arve River Forest Drive.

The walk takes you through a forest of stringybarks and rainforest species such as sassafras and myrtle, and sections of tea tree swamp. The track follows a late 19th century sawmill tramway for much of the way, and remnants of the tramway can be seen.