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by Sue Williams (subscribe)
Writer, bushwalker, dessert enthusiast. Author of the Rusty Bore Mysteries. More info here:
Published July 28th 2011
Birdsland view
Forest view at Birdsland

Birdsland Reserve is a 50 minute drive from Melbourne's CBD, and is accessed from McNicol Road, off Burwood Highway at Tecoma (Melway ref: 84 C1)

With its forest and lake setting, Birdsland is popular all year, offering bush walking and facilities for a picnic or BBQ.

The picnic area, beside the car park, can be busy in summer, so get here early, with free BBQs, picnic shelter and toilets. There's a grassy area large enough to kick the footy or just loll about. You probably won't be able to loll for long – it's hard to resist the enticing walking track. It's a level path, suitable for strollers and bikes.

The path crosses Monbulk Creek, one of the few places in Melbourne where platypus remain, although they're not easy to spot. Chorusing frogs are vocal all year. In winter, there's the bonus of golden blossom on all the wattle trees.

Birdsland wattle
Wattle blossom at Birdsland

Following the creek, the path reaches a lake. There are wide, green views of the adjoining farmland. Ducks and swamp hens study you intently from the lake's edge, probably hoping you'll throw them some bread.

Turning a corner, you cross the creek again, and another lake comes into view. The 2km track loops around this lake, past the occasional fisherman. Looking at the lush green trees and undergrowth, you'd hardly guess the park was burned in the bushfires in February 2009.

Birdsland lake
Birdsland lake

If your energy extends beyond this 2km walk, you can follow Dragon Track at the end of the second lake, heading uphill. The panoramic view from the hilltop is worth the short climb – there are great views of green, rolling farmland and the forested slopes of the Dandenongs.

Afterwards, the nearby Tecoma Bakery and Hot Bread, (turn right onto Burwood Highway) has a good range of pies, pasties, quiches and cakes. Their pies start at $3. And after all that fresh air and exercise, you've earned it.
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Why? Because it's a rejuvenating park all year round, with great views and the bonus of platypus.
When: Any day but closed on days of Total Fire Ban. Gates open 7.30am every day. Closing times seasonal – check the sign on the park entrance.
Where: Mt Morton Road, Belgrave.
Cost: Free
Great to read about a place I'd never heard of. Nice pics, too.
By Debbie Lustig - senior reviewer
Wednesday, 7th of September @ 12:50 pm
Thanks Debbie! It's a spot I visit often - great place to listen to frogs. I haven't seen a platypus there yet though...
By Sue Williams - senior reviewer
Thursday, 8th of September @ 05:52 am
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