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Bungalook Creek Retarding Basin

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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 May 31st 2020
Retarding basins offer easy and interesting walks
This unnamed Melbourne Water Retarding Basin is between Canterbury Road and Colchester Road, Kilsyth.

There is a wide level gravel path around three-quarters of the basin, which is very suitable for wheelchairs. The path follows the perimeter and would be all-weather suitable. A short section at one of the two Colchester Road entrances is very narrow and would not be wheelchair suitable.

wheelchair on path.
The wide gravel path, suitable for wheelchairs.

The centre of the basin is in a valley through which the Bungalook Creek flows, widening in places to a couple of small lakes. The circuit covers about one kilometre and is easy going.

One of the few glimpses of the creek.

native grass
Native grasses are worth looking out for.

The main lake is almost full of reeds and rushes and exhibits very little open water.

The largest expanse of water.

Close up of one of the rush heads.

The only water birds sighted were two swamp hens fossicking among the reeds.

Swamp hen
One of the fossicking Swamp Hens.

Many noisy miners were noticed flying around the area, but only one Indian myna was close enough to photograph.

Indian myna
Indian Myna.

To approach the stream and lake the descent is quite steep in parts and is very slippery in damp conditions. The only floral sighting was a small bush with a few heads of white petals.

Bush flower
The only flowering bush sighted.

A section of the many reeds.

Gum trees were the dominant species there, although a few wattles were noticed getting ready to burst into winter blooms.

wattle buds
Wattle buds ready to burst into bloom.

gum leaves
Interesting gum leaves.

Stacks of bark are very colorful.

A short gravel path leads through a small stand of mature pine trees culminating in an elevated spot with a park bench overlooking the larger lake.

pine trees
The short path through the stand of pine trees.

At the Canterbury Road end of the basin, there are several depth markers indicating water depths in times of flood.

Depth markers
The depth markers in times of flood.

I started my walk at the Colchester Road end. It would be dangerous to park there or in Canterbury Road, so I would suggest either Skye Court or Burdekin Avenue, which are on either side of the Colchester Road entrance.

It is an easy walk.

The Canterbury Road entrance is next to the Canterbury Gardens Shopping Centre, which provides good off-road parking, but wheelchair access would be difficult from that end due to a retaining wall.

It is a dog off-lead area and appears popular with local dog owners.

Walkers with dog.
An easy walk for man, child and beast.

The only facilities in the basin are several aluminium park benches adjacent to the main path.

bench seat
One of the bench seats.

Apart from the exercise, it is a very easy and pleasant walk with plenty to see botanical wise. Retarding Basins are often overlooked as interesting walk venues but shouldn't be as they have a lot to offer.

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Where: Bayswater North. Melways map: 51. D.11
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Your Comment
It’s actually called Bungalook Conservation Reserves.
by maybl (score: 0|2) 385 days ago
I imagine the title of this article is a typo... but probably something that should be fixed ASAP
by Emma (score: 0|2) 385 days ago
Thank you, Neil - your articules are always so helpful. Thank you so much for including information for us dog walkers. It is good to know whether to go or not - and if it is off lead or on lead. Thank you again! All the very best! 😊
by Chantelle (score: 1|41) 385 days ago
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