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Published January 11th 2013
An oasis of wildlife in central Blackburn
For those living in the Eastern suburbs, the Blackburn Creeklands provide a wonderful respite from busy, daily life. Consisting of three bushland reserves and covering 21 hectares, the Creeklands are located in the heart of Central Blackburn.
The largest of the reserves is Kalang Park, which covers approximately nine hectares of lush bush and wildlife. Walking trails hug the creek, shaded by eucalypyts. The majestic trees also give shelter to an abundance of gallahs and kookaburras which can be heard throughout the trail. Bush-walkers also have the opportunity to glimpse the local tawny frogmouths.
East of the main street is Furness Park, which is included in the Whitehorse heritage trail. The area provides more walking trails, as well as a playground for the kids. Furness Park was once overlooked by the 'Open Air School' for children from poorer backgrounds. The school provided healthier meals and allowed the children to bask in the sunshine to increase their vitamin D. Having closed in 1969, a panel providing historic anecdotes is located to the west side of the park.
The Western end of the Creeklands is home to Blacks Walk. As the name suggests it features walking tracks through the bush lands, as well as open grassed areas. A lovely place for a picnic, or just to listen to the birds. This area of the park is home to the commonly seen parrots. A short walk to the west side of the park features a grassy hill with views of the treetops and local birds.
Birds can be heard from the treetops at Blackburn Creeklands
The Blackburn Creeklands are an oasis of local wildlife. Boasting over 90 species of birdlife and superb, mature trees, it is the perfect place to escape for a relaxing afternoon. Walkers and cyclists can enjoy the different trails each park has to offer, and the open grass areas and playground are a lovely place for a family picnic.
If you're a nature lover, the Creeklands Advisory Committee are always on the lookout for volunteers. Working bees are held throughout the year which include the weeding and maintenance of the parks.