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
This walk won't dampen your spirit
I knew this going to be an interesting walk before I got out of the car. Entering the small off-road car park on Stephenson's Road, opposite Eton Street and looking down the entrance path, a large white bird was sitting upon on a low branch as if to welcome visitors to his domain.
Returning to the car to lock it, a noisy minor was fluttering around a rearview mirror, on the bonnet and looking through the glass. I assume it had seen another noisy minor reflected in the mirror and windows.
Damper Creek Reserve covers 11 hectares of bushland in a 1.5 km. narrow strip in a valley. My walk was on a cold winter's afternoon, but I was not alone as many people and dogs were also out and about enjoying this unique suburban reserve.
The many paths are compacted sand. The main ones, either side of the creek, are wide and not unduly steep but would be marginal for wheelchairs. Many narrow paths lead off the main ones, and these are steep as they ascend the valley.
Houses border the reserve on both sides but very few are visible and certainly don't generate any noise. As with most suburban parks access is available from several side streets. At the Park Road end of the reserve is a small playground, no doubt for the benefit of local children.
Thanks Neil. Great photos with lots of good information for all sorts of walkers. And soooooo great to know dogs are not only allowed but off-lead. We will be going for a visit asap! Thank you so much!