Situated in the middle of Tea Tree Gully on Parkview Drive, Callitris Reserve is a designated Fauna and Flora Reserve, maintained by the Tea Tree Gully Council.
[ADVERT]While not a huge reserve, it is a very pleasant area filled with trees and native plants, and with a creek running through it. It has a walking trail that is not long - if taking your time, it will take around 15 minutes to do the whole circuit - that cuts through much of the reserve. It is a wide path with fencing at appropriate spots, and the whole is well-maintained. In fact, the last time we were there, we saw only one piece of rubbish in the entire place (which my son duly picked up). That is a credit to the staff and/or volunteers who maintain the site.
There is a small playground, designed with younger to middle children in mind, but which still provides with fun for them. This playground is a relatively recent addition; it used to be the old-fashioned metal construct, but has now been replaced by more colourful and interesting equipment.
But the main attraction is the abundant birdlife that has made its home in this small area. All manner of native and introduced species can be found among the branches and down in the creek. Going along early in the morning with a copy of Calley's Guide is quite an educational and entertaining experience. Add to this the reptiles - lizards and snakes - as well as the occasional koala and possum and you have quite a lot packed into such a small area.
THe Callitris Reserve sounds like a great place to visit. May I make a mention of another great hidden gem.The Stockade Botanic Garden is hidden away in Pooraka just off Bridge Rd. It is a lovely area, also not very big but with a lovely tranquil feel. It`s an oasis in the noisy world that surrounds it.