Birdsland Reserve is a secluded yet popular walking track set around numerous lakes and the Monbulk Creek. It has beautiful scenery as the path meanders along bush land, rivers, lakes and open grassy spaces. The park is not well known to tourists from Melbourne city, as it is hidden away in Belgrave South and at times hard to find but well worth visiting.
The name 'Birdsland' is very appropriate as you will see numerous native Australian birds and waterfowl as you stroll along the paths. Some of the birds you might see are Honeyeaters, Laughing Kookaburra, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Australian King-Parrot and White-Faced Heron. If you are lucky you might even see Platypus in the rivers.
Many people bring their dogs but they should be kept on a leash to prevent them from disturbing the wildlife and landscape. Visitors often bring their bikes or prams and it would be a great place for kids to learn on bikes, as the park is relatively flat and quiet. The park does not have many seats around the lakes so one might want to bring rugs and seats for picnics. The trail in Birdsland Reserve join up with the Lysterfield Lake trails if you are looking for a longer, challenging walk.
Often enthusiasts will go fishing on the edge of the stunning lakes. At the start of the walking track there is a small barbeque area, seating, toilets and directory with maps of the park. This is an excellent park for walking groups and for exercising in the early morning as the park opens at 7.30am. The park entrance will provide the closing time for the park as it regularly changes.
Birdsville Reserve is a perfect location for a weekend getaway from the city for couples and families. The surrounding suburbs themselves are worth driving through for their winding roads and beautiful scenery.