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Banyule Flats Reserve

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by Nekoburro (subscribe)
Freelance writer, traveller, foodie and graphic designer living at the gateway of the Yarra Valley and Melbourne's green belt suburbs.. www.mokocreative.com https://www.instagram.com/nekoburro/
Published January 24th 2017
Explore the wetlands and native wildlife in Banyule
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Not far off the Main Yarra trail lies the Banyule Flats Reserve in Viewbank, only 14km from the CBD. During the drought, this area was totally barren and most of the wetlands and had wildlife disappeared. However, the heavy rains in Melbourne during the last few years has revived this area, If you follow the outskirts of the Banyule Swamp and Silt Pond, there's a number of smaller unofficial tracks leading off to Banyule Creek, stockyards, Banyule Swamp, and down to the Yarra River in the 'back paddocks'.

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This area is great to explore by bike or if your prefer walking, wear appropriate clothing and shoes, as snake season usually starts in mid-October. But with warmer temperatures and increased rainfall, this can draw snakes out of hibernation. Dogs are restricted from some parts of the park, so please check the signs.

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History

The Wurundjeri tribe occupied the land around Banyule Swamp and the Yarra River, with scar trees found not very far from the Reserve. This area was once part of the Woods Station, a large sheep farm comprising many hundreds of hectares straddling both sides of the Yarra River.

Settlers bought the land as quickly as it was cleared, with the rich soils supporting agricultural and pastoral uses, including substantial market gardens, orchards and vineyards.




Flora and Fauna

Bird life around the Banyule Flats Reserve is plentiful. Many bird species have been sighted within the reserve. Kangaroos, wombats, echidnas and wallabies have also been seen in the reserve.

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Why? Nature at your door step!
When: Anytime
Phone: 9490 4222
Where: Banyule Road, Viewbank, VIC 3084
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Nice article
by RC (score: 3|1221) 627 days ago
In your experience is it worth it as a day trip or a weekend away?
by RC (score: 3|1221) 622 days ago
Beautiful area.
by Sonja (score: 0|6) 622 days ago
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