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Updated: 2017-01-20T07:21:26.993+11:00


Liverpool Road Retaining Basin - Boronia


 🙋 The Liverpool Road Retarding Basin's main function is to reduce the risk of floods downstream within the Dandenong Creek, and was basically built for drainage purposes. But that description belies the beauty of the reserve—in addition to its important role within the management of Dandenong Creek, it's also a popular public park with native flora, fauna, walking trails and man-made lakes.My visit was on January 19, 2017, about a 3 km circuit.   [...]

Tirhatuan Park - Dandenong North


A 2 km circuit on January 18, 2017, around the two lakes. [...]

Kestrel Creek - Westerfolds' Park


 👻A 2 km circuit on January 17, 2017, starting at the gate on Porter St. Ksstrel Creek is also known as Templestowe Creek [...]

Dandenong Creek Trail - Dandenong North


A 2 km exploration on a very hot day, Ja nuary 16, 2017, starting at the junction of Brady Rd and the Dandenong  Creek Rd, Dandenong North.   [...]

Koomba Park


  👽 A 4 km hike on January 14, 2017, starting and ending at the main car park off Boronia Rd. The route followed the Eastlink (Dandenong Creek) Trail, and along Transmission Line Track.[...]

Plenty River - Lower Plenty


😁 A 3 km hike on January 15 2017, starting and ending at the Banyule Recreation Reserve, and following the Main Yarra Trail to the confluence of the Plenty and Yarra Rivers.  [...]



A 3 km exploration in the Banyule Flats Reserve on January 12, 2017, starting at the car park at the Banyule Recreation Reserve.  [...]

Jell's Lake Park in Summer


A 3 km exploration on January 11 2017, starting at the car park in Jells Park East, at the end of Waverley Rd.[...]

Mt Lofty in Summer


A 2 km (return) hike to the summit on January 10, 2017.✱ Click this Photobucket link to see all of the Photos in slideshow or static format![...]

Kalang Park - Blackburn Creeklands



Yarra Flats Park - Eaglemont


 A 2 km exploration on Jan 4, 2016, starting at the main car park off the Boulevard, Ivanhoe.


Candlebark Park - Templestowe


A 4 km exploration on Jan 3, 2016, starting at the car park in Westerfolds' Paddock, off Fitzsimon's Lane. Part of this followed the Main Yarra Trail. Hot day, 25 degs![...]

Main Yarra Trail - Lower Plenty


A 2 km exploration on  Jan 1 2017, starting at the car park next to Finn's Reserve.[...]

Heatherton Rd Wetlands - Melbourne Water Recreational Reserve


Photos of a 2 km exploration on Deceber 31, 2016, startig at the junction of Heatherton Rd and the Dandenong Creek Trail.[...]

Woodland Walk - Dandenong Police Paddocks


Black Cockatoo!A 2 km circuit on December 30, 2016, starting at the junction of Brady Rd and Greenbank Avenue. [...]

Banyule Wetlands Reserve


A 2 km exploration on December 28, 2016, starting the Banyule Recreation Reserve and following the Main Yarra Trail. Good views of the Banyule Swamp and the Homestead.[...]

Orbost Expedition


Snowy River at OrbostOur visit of December 2015, 2016This took in the Grandview Lookout, the East Gippsland Rail Trail terminus, the old Railway Viaduct Trestle Bridge, the River Walk, the Forest Park, and the Town Wetlands.Orbost is a town in the Shire of East Gippsland, Victoria, Australia, 375 kilometres (233 mi) east of Melbourne and 235 kilometres (146 mi) south of Canberra where the Princes Highway crosses the Snowy River. It is about 16 kilometres (10 mi) from the town of Marlo on the coast of Bass Strait. At the 2006 census, Orbost had a population of 2452. Orbost is the service centre for the primary industries of beef, dairy cattle, and sawmilling. More recently, tourism has become an important industry, being the major town close to several national parks, including the Snowy River National Park, Alpine National Park, Errinundra National Park, Croajingolong National Park and Cape Conran Coastal Park.[...]

Vermont South - Lookout Trail Park


  🌠A 2 km exploration on Dec 22 2016, starting at Burwood Highway. The old wooden lokout has recently been dismantled by Whitehorse Council due to safety issues. However, there are good views from the high point across the Dandenong Valley towards the Dandenongs. Council has placed signs in the area, advising that a new Lookout is being planned, and seeks suggestions from visitors.[...]

Shepherd's Bush - Glen Waverlly


Photos taken on Decembr 21, 2016, on a 2 km exploration, starting at Napier Park.[...]

Plenty River Trail - Viewbank


Photos of December 20, 2016, on a 3 km hike starting at the access point at Banyule Rd.[...]

Blackburn South - Wurundjeri Walk Linear Park


A 3 km exploration on December 19, 2016.[...]

Westerfolds' Park - Templestowe - bushland hike


A 3 km exploration on Dec 18, 2016, following tracks in the western section, near the Kestrel  Creek, and along the Homeshow Trail.[...]

Winton Wetlands - Wantirna


My visit of December 17, 2016, 3 km, starting at the main entrance to Koomba Park, off  Boronia Rd, partlhy following the Eastlink Trail.This site lies on the floodplain of Dandenong Creek, at elevations of 74-77 m. The natural course of the creek meandered partly through this area until it was replaced by a straight channel in the 1960s. There is now a chain of wetland depressions whose origins appear to be partly natural and partly the result of excavation. The largest, most northerly wetland is a section of the original creek channel. There are a small number of mature remnant trees and extensive plantings of trees and shrubs between the wetlands. There are also some large dead trees, whose hollows are used as birds’ nests. As a result of a long history of grazing, naturally occurring shrubs are few, and most of the ground flora comprises introduced pasture species. [...]

Dandenong Polkice Padocks Reserve - Historic Lookout


🌞 A 2 km (return) hike on December 14 , 2016,  starting at the fire-access gate on Churchill Park Drive. The Lookout area gives good views to the west and north, and overlooks the Rowville Recreation Reserve.  An alternative route is from the end of Brady Rd.[...]

Currawong Bush Park - East Doncaster


I explored the Park on December 11, 2016, on a 2 km circuit.  Currawong Bush Park is an important riparian bushland park, located in the outer eastern suburbs of Melbourne on the borders of Doncaster East, Warrandyte and Donvale, on the eastern bank of the Mullum Mullum Creek. The park is important for a number of reasons, it comprises 59 hectares of remnant bushland and hosts many archaeological sites concerning the pre-European inhabitants of the area. Sadly, the former Stockyard is now in ruins, and there is little evidence remaining of the original Sanctuary, which once housed a variety of native animals.   [...]