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Bungalook Creek Walk, North Bayswater

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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 June 6th 2020
It's not a mistake if you bungle into Bungalook Creek
This walk starts at Bayswater Road, opposite Mason Court. It ends at Bayfield Road East.

walk entrance
The entrance at Bayswater Road.

The one-kilometre walk follows Bungalook Creek. The wide concrete path meanders between the creek on one side and factories, houses and streets on the other side.

Local residents on the way home from shopping.

It is a shared pathway, catering for walkers, dog walkers and cyclists. It would suitable for wheelchairs, except for a short steep section, which would require a strong pusher and good brakes.

A good cycling path.

The creekside is covered by dense bush which precludes views of the water, although, in a few places, close inspection of the very narrow creek can be had.

native grasses
Lots of native grasses keep weeds away.

What is noticeable is that recent heavy rain had increased the water flow, evidenced by flattened grass on the banks.

flattened grass.
Flattened grass on creek bank indicates recent fast-flowing water.

If you are not on your bike or having a power walk, take time to leave the concrete and follow the foliage to take in some small flora.

grass heads
One of many grass heads.

A gum tree had just burst forth with flowers, as had a couple of other plants.

gum flowers
A flowering gum.

More blossoms.

Native grasses are always interesting if you take the time to inspect them up close. A particularly interesting one is the Spiny-headed Mat Rush.

Grass head.

Spiny-headed mat rush
Spiny-headed mat rush.

Another interesting flora specimen was a yellow Grevillea.

Yellow Grevillea

Despite hearing many birds, only one wattlebird was able to be photographed.

wattle bird
Wattle bird.

Two other large birds were observed atop two tall poles. They didn't fly away at my approach as they were made of metal and added to the enjoyment of the walk.

metal bird
The big pole mounted metal bird.

At the end of Eucalyptus Way, a covered BBQ was opposite a small playground. Both an added bonus for local residents.

The covered BBQ area with playground beyond.

The only disappointing aspects of the walk was graffiti on the adjacent factory walls, discarded rubbish and several infestations of blackberries.

The graffiti laden factory wall.

One of the infestations of blackberries.

Apart from the blackberries, the area is well maintained with the grass regularly mowed.

native grass
a nice specimen.

The concrete path ends about 100 metres from Bayfield Road but continues as a gravel path.

autumn trees
Trees near Bayfield Road still showing autumn colours.

dog walker
Walking the dog.

Parking in Bayswater Road is not recommended. You can park in Mason Court, opposite, or at the end of Bayfield Road East, which runs off Canterbury Road. The only facilities on the walk, apart from the BBQ area and playground are several park benches, placed to give a view towards the creek.

girl on bike
Popular with learner riders.

There are three interpretive signs along the walk. One indicates that Bungalook Creek is an important habitat link between the Dandenong Ranges and the Dandenong Creek.

One of the interpretative signs.

The second sign tells of the Maroondah Councils rehabilitation of the creek, while the third details the bio-retention system designed to treat stormwater.

A quick walk if you only want a walk, but an interesting one if you want a wander.
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Why? An easy walk for man and beast.
When: anytime
Where: Bayswater road, BayswaterNorth. Melways map: 50.G.12.
Cost: Free
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