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Bellbird Dell Reserve

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by Helen Thorogood (subscribe)
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Published June 11th 2017
Enjoy the serenity
Bellbird Dell is a linear bushland park located in Vermont / Vermont South. It covers an area of 17.5 ha and provides a wonderful space for walking (dogs must be on a leash), cycling and enjoying a slice of the bush in the middle of the suburbs.

Bellbird Dell
The entrance to the park.

There are two children's playgrounds in the park as well as a small ornamental lake populated by ducks. Unfortunately one of the drawbacks of the park is the lack of public toilets, which can be problematic with small children.

One of the children's playgrounds.

One of the great benefits of the park for local children is that it provides a safe area for cycling. It is an easily achievable ride from one end of the park to the other, even for the enthusiastic pre-schooler. The two playgrounds also give children a landmark to aim for on their ride.

path through park
The main path through the park.

Whilst the main track through the park is a shared pedestrian/cycling track, the boardwalks over the wetland areas are for walkers only. There are many tracks through the park accessed from local streets and it is surprising how easily you can find quiet spots in the middle of what is now a fairly busy suburb of Melbourne.

The bush nature of the park provides a haven for native bird life. After all, the park itself was named after the bell bird. In our ever-sprawling city, such areas of natural beauty are a joy to find and mean that residents are not forced into lengthy car trips to get their nature fix.

Whilst many visitors to Bellbird Dell will be locals out for a walk, parking and access to the park can be obtained most easily on George Road. It is from this entrance that visitors will easily find one of the playgrounds, some seating and the lake.

One of the children's playgrounds.

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Where: Bellbird Dell, George Road, Vermont South
Cost: Free
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