A peaceful path in a tiny River Red Gum woodland reserve
Caruana Woodland Reserve is a tiny park in Dingley, south-east of Melbourne. Although small, the reserve is ecologically important as it protects a patch of Plains Grassy Woodland, dominated by splotchy-barked River Red Gum trees.
It's hard to imagine now, but this area was once more of a floodplain, and River Red Gum woodlands were common and widespread throughout the area around Dingley, Springvale, Keysborough, Dandenong and Noble Park. These woodlands have mostly been lost to housing and development, with only smaller areas – such as Caruana Woodland – now protected.
Located on the corner of Wheatland Crescent and Caruana Drive, the reserve has a short paved, but cracked, footpath from the main entrance off Wheatland Crescent. It's not a very long footpath, but walking through the reserve is peaceful and relaxing, and it's a nice diversion from a regular walk along the street and landscaped parks. There is a small dirt track at the end of the footpath to connect with Jolimont Place.
Footpath through Caruana Woodland Reserve, Dingley