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The 100 Acres Reserve

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by Neil Follett (subscribe)
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published October 13th 2019
100 acres and 100 experiences
This large area, designated a flora and fauna reserve, is awesome. It was originally in an orchard and farming area and the local residents requested that it be preserved in its natural state. It was officially opened as a reserve in April 1980.

The sign near the entrance.

Entrance to the reserve is from the Domeney Recreation Reserve. Upon entering, turn right and there is a car park adjacent to the entrance.

The first path you come to is the North Boundary Track. It is wide, undulating and solid and is also a horse trail. Its undulations would make it hard going for wheelchairs, even with a strong pusher.

On the North Boundary Track.

bush path
One of the wide paths.

There are ten named and signposted tracks meandering through the reserve with names such as the Wild Cherry Track, Tee Tree Track, Candlebark Track and Green Dam Track, to name a few.

Narrow path
One of the narrow rough paths through the centre of the reserve.

They also show a map of the reserve with all the tracks marked and a "you are here" red spot. Very handy as at times you may think you are lost, but you aren't.

Track sign.
One of the many track sign and a 'you are here' map.

Uphill, but an easy stroll.

Places of interest are marked with interpretative illustrated signs. One is the Tadpole Dam and others give a description of the flora in that area.

The interpretative sign at Green Dam.

There are several small wetland areas in the reserve and two of these have short boardwalks to help you navigate the low and damp parts.

One of the boardwalks over a wet area.

Being springtime many wildflowers were prevalent.


Another wildflower.

Some were bushy.

Masses of blooms.

And many were single or double stalks.

More flowers.

Wild flower
Small but colourful.

Such a large area is attractive to birds. Many were seen and heard, the most numerous and noisiest were the aptly named noisy miner, which often descended in numbers in nearby trees.

Noisy miner
One of the many noisy miners being quiet.

Several sulphur crested cockatoos circled above and two kindly landed on a nearby dead tree branch for me and my camera.

A sulphur crested cockatoo.

In the same spot several rainbow lorikeets landed in the tree above me.

Rainbow lorikeet
A rainbow lorikeet.

Rainbow lorikeet
Probably the same one.

Several magpies and currawongs were seen and heard.

A magpie in pole position.

Like many reserves surrounded by habitation many garden type plants make themselves at home. Apart from the numerous angled onion flowers, several white lilies were noticeable.

Not a wildflower, but looked nice.

Some colourful fungi was noticed growing upon a tree trunk.

Tree mounted fungi.

A four legged example of fauna appeared in the distance in the form of a rabbit, which quickly absconded on my approach.

The only four legged fauna seen.

A couple of local residents on one of their regular walks mentioned there were often kangaroos in a particular area. Alas, I didn't see any.

bush walkers
More walkers.

A pleasing sight is the many long dead trees left lying upon the ground which would give a home to many small critters.

Dead trees
Homes for many critters.

Like many large reserves, The100 Acres will present new experiences on every visit.

There are no facilities in the 100 acres apart from some seats. There is a picnic area, playground and toilets in the Domeney Reserve area.

This is one reserve worth seeking out for a real bush, wildflower and history experience.
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Where: Knees Road, Park Orchards. Melways map: 35. F.10.
Cost: free
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