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Updated: 2016-10-23T18:25:17.543+11:00


Birrarrung Park - Templestowe


A short 2 km walk on October 15, 2016, starting at the main car park and following the Yarra. Situated at the confluence of the Plenty and Yarra Rivers, this 33 hectare park was in important meeting place for the Wurundjeri people. Birrarrung Park is a significant recreation space within the parks along the Yarra River, incorporating two large ephemeral wetlands.Several wood barbecues (wood is provided), picnic tables and shelters are available in the park. Fires are permitted only in the barbecues provided, and you are welcome to bring your own small gas barbecue. The toilet block at Birrarrung Park is wheelchair accessible. An adventure playground is available for children. There are 2.8 kilometres of flat sealed trails are suitable for skating, cycling and walking.  [...]

Bushy Park Wetlands - Glen Waverley


A 2.5 km hike on October 14, 2016, starting from the gate at the end of Highbury Rd. Bushy Park Wetlands is bounded at the north by a remnant orchard accessed from the eastern end of Highbury Road. The southern boundary, near the pony club at Drummies Bridge Reserve, is accessed from High Street Road.The park's eastern boundary is Dandenong Creek and its western boundary is formed by residential properties in King Arthur Drive and Knights Drive.A section of the Dandenong Creek Trail provides vantage points overlooking the scenic wetlands.[...]

Koomba Park Wetlands - Wantirna


A 2 km circuit hike on October 11. 2016, starting the main carpark off Boronia Rd.[...]

Gardiners Creek Reserve - Burwood


A 2 km exploration on October 10  2016, starting at the car park on Station St.


Melbourne Water Recreation Reserve - Dandenong North


These pix were taken on October i8, 2016. They show the scenery and environment on a 2 km exploration, starting at the junction of the Dandenong Creek Trail and Heatherton Rd.[...]

Campbells Croft - Vermont


These pix were taken on October 5, 2016.They show the scenery, and environment at Campbell's Croft bushland reserve, Vermont, 30 km east of central Melbourne.Together Campbells Croft and adjacent Abbey Walk are approximately 14 hectares of bushland and open space.The Reserve was once a farm snd market garden, owned by the Campbell Family. It is now a protected area, managed by the City of Whitehorse, in conjunction with Melbourne Water and the Campbell's Croft Abbey Walk Advisory Committee and volunteers.Dandenong Creek runs along the east with Boronia Road to the south.The Eastlink Trail, for walkers and cyclists, runs through the reserve.Abbey Walk, northern section of the Reserve, is approximately 4ha of native vegetation and gently rising grassed areas.Campbells Croft falls into at least five distinctive areas being:The Pines - about 2 ha of extensive plantation of Pinus radiata located on the high western slops.The Meadow - large grassy open space located centrally within the Croft. Exotic trees including Elms, Poplars, Oaks, Silver Birch gives the park user a relaxing English feel to the Croft.The Ridge - northern section of the Croft this area is thickly vegetated with a large variety of both native and exotic plantings, Eucalyptus, Pines, Cotoneaster, Pittosporum etc. This area gives a wilderness feel to the Croft.Remnant Swamp Woodland - a very cherished area of the Croft, consisting of significant areas of high quality remnant vegetation. Much work by the committee volunteers and 'Practical Ecology' has been done within this area, weeding invasive exotic vegetation and replanting with indigenous species.Wetlands - recently upgraded, this magnificent area is a natural overflow for the Dandenong Creek floodings. It is a large area of indigenous vegetation with thriving aquatic and fauna species.[...]

Woodland Walk - Dandenong Police Paddocks Reserve


A short walk on October 2, 2016, starting at the end of Brady Rd, then through the Woodland, and the Nerre Nerre Warren picnic area. Early summer wildflowers were in abundance! [...]

Dandenon Creek Bushland


Photos of a short hike on September 28, 2016, in the bushland reserve on the east bank of the Dandenong Creek, stating at the Brady Rd entrance.[...]

Westerfolds Park - Templestowe


A 2 km circuit hike along the Roadshow Track, on September 25, 2016, next to the Kestrel Creek..[...]

Banksia Park in early spring


Pix of September 24, 2016, along the Heritage Trail, passing the Dog Park. Nice views of the Yarra at Sill's Bend and nearby. About 2 km hike. There are several brick cairns which display photos of the history of the area, with descriptions.[...]

Narrendjeri Wurundjeri Aboriginal Park - Dandenong Police Paddocks


Pix taken on Sept 23, 2016, on a 3 km exploration of this rarely visited park.  Access is from Brady Rd, adjacent to the soccer fields, adjacent to the Dandenong Creek, A rough unsigned track wnds its way to the high point,  a change in altitude of 38 metres. Good views across the park.The park is of significant historical and archeological interest:1837 to 1839 Native Police Headquarters1840 to 1843 Westernport Protection Station1883 to 1930 Victoria Police Stud Depot  [...]

Jells Park Lake in early Spring!


A2 km hike starting from the Waverley Rd entrance, on September 20, 2016  [...]

Wurundjeri Wetlands - Blackburn South


A circuit around the Wetlands, on Fulton Rd, September 18 2016.[...]

Westerfolds' Park


 A shorter hike on September 8 2016, in the southern section of the Park, adjacent to the Yarra.


Weellington Rd Linear Trail hike - Rowville


A 3 km hike on September 6, 2016, starting at the Muzz Buzz coffee shop on Berger's Rd, Rowville. Thee frogs there are big![...]

Dandenong Police Paddocks in early spring


View from LookoutA shortish walk to the Historic Area Lookout of about 1.5 km on September 3, 2016, starting at the gate on Churchill Park Drive.[...]

Westerfolds Park in early spring!


A 2 km hike on September 3, 2016, starting at the Porter St picnic area, Templestowe![...]

European Journey - August 2016


I am Bob Padula, OAM, from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. This is a link to my comprehensiv, in words and pictures, of my visit in the 2016 European Summer to Italy, Slovenia and Austria, for three weeks during July and August. Ths header image shows Lake Bled, Slovenia, as seen from Bled Castle.

Mt Lofty in winter - Warrandyte State Park


 A 2 km hike on July 16, 2016.  Blue skies, 14 degs, glorious views across the Yarra Valley.All of the pictures of this visit may be viewed in slideshow format at the Photobucket album!  height="360" src="" width="480">[...]

Dandenong Creek Trail - Glen Waverley


A 3 km hike on July 12, 2016, starting at the end of Highbury Rd through to the Birdhide.

All of the pictures of the visit may be viewed at the Photobucket album! 

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Dandenong Police Paddocks Bushland Reserve


A 2 km circuit on July 9 2016, starting at the Brady Rd Picnic Area.

All of the pictures may be viewed in Slideshow format at the Photo bucket album!

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O'Shannassy Aqueduct Trail - Dee River


A 3 km hike on July 3, 2016, starting at the Dee River car-park. All of the pictures of this visit may be viewed at the Photobucket album in slideshow format.  height="360" src="" width="480">[...]

Lysterfield Park - Granite Track


A 2 km hike on July 2, 2016. The Track is reached from Wellington Rd, at the corner of Lysterfield Rd. There is an altitude change of 35 m - good views at the top.All of the pictures of this trip may be viewed oin Slideshow format at the Photobucket album. height="360" src="" width="480">[...]

Banksia Dog Park - Bulleen


A visit on July 1, 2016, which included the Banksia Park Heritage Trail.The Dog park is an off leash area allowing dog owners, but especially those with a disability, to allow their dogs to exercise freely without of risk of them running off or being difficult to find. Just outside the fenced area are two accessible parking spaces either side of a clearway giving ample loading room even for side ramped vans. There is a short sealed path to the gates of the fenced area. Entry is through a set of two gates which are light to open and both gates open either or out.Between the gates is ample room for a wheelchair. Within the park there is a large circular track of compact fine gravel leading between the trees and large open grassed play areas. There are seats within the area and a drinking fountain for both humans and dogs. The park is a great facility to exercise a dog in the knowledge that the area is secure and fully accessible.All of the pictures may be viewed in slideshow format at the Photobucket album.  height="360" src="" width="480">[...]

Jells Park Lake - June 29 2016


  A 2.5 km hike on June 29, 2016, following the north-eastern boundary of the Lake.All of the images of this visit may be viewed at the Photobucket album, in slideshow format.  height="360" src="" width="480">[...]