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Barngeong 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 November 5th 2019
Beyond the Playing Fields are Fields of Flowers
Reserve sign
The sign says it all, except for the birds and flowers.

This large reserve is mainly a cricket ground, football ground and a baseball pitch.

baseball mural.
Baseball Club Mural.

Surrounding the northern and western sides of the reserve is bushland, much of it following the Brushy Creek.

Brushy creek
Brushy Creek

Wild flower
A wildflower near the creek.

The western area of the reserve borders on the Brushy Creek trail, which is between Mooroolbark and the Maroondah Highway. If you are walking this trail, a short diversion would be worthwhile.

Wild flower
Interesting up close.

It is among these bush areas that many wildflowers flourish.

Teatree flower
One of the Teatree species.

Many birds were observed on the ground, in trees and in the air. The first ones sighted were a couple of ground feeding galahs.

Galah feeding in the grass.

Several magpies were also feeding on the ground and on my approach just flew to a nearby tree and watched me.

One of the magpies that was ground feeding.

One of the wooded areas.

Another ground feeder was a solitary mudlark, fossicking in the grass.


A pair of spotted doves kindly perched upon an open branch for me and my camera and then just watched me pass by.

Spotted doves
Two spotted doves spotted.

bush path
One of the paths through the woods.

A wattle bird lived up to its name and landed deep into one of many wattle trees in the area, some still in bloom. Many noisy miners were heard and seen, but avoided me.

Some wattles were still blooming.

The only water bird sighted on the creek was one black duck, quickly swimming away at my approach.

The little black duck.

The playing fields and bush tracks are popular with dog owners and their charges, as even on a weekday afternoon several were exercising their doggies.

Man & dog.
One of the doggie owners.

At the entrance to the reserve is a playground which proved very popular during my visit, possibly because of the kindergarten nearby. There is a water fountain next to the playground for any thirsty travellers.

Play ground
Action in the playground.

There is no parking permitted along Bambra Street, but there is plenty of off-street parking available.

At first glance, this reserve is just sporting grounds, but further afield you have more than a sporting chance to have a flower and avian experience.
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Where: Bambra Road, Mooroolbark. Melways map: 37. D.10.
Cost: free
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