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Devilbend Nature Reserve

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by Lorraine A (subscribe)
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Published April 15th 2013
Anglers Rejoice With Trout Galore

Devilbend is located 55 km south east of Melbourne at Tuerong on the Mornington Peninsula and an easy drive from the city with the new Peninsula Link.

Fishing platform

Devilbend has newly reopened to the public after $1.6 million being spent on the picnic grounds and walking tracks, with another $200,000 grant using fishing licences fees to build fishing platforms, with fisheries Victoria stocking the reservoir with 14,826 Rainbow Trout and 21,829 Brown trout, including 125 Brown Trout averaging 1.8 kg.

My take on natural 'modern art

Devilbend is a decommissioned water supply reservoir. The park covers 1,057 hectares with 250 hectares of water surface and 5 hectares for the picnic park.

Although living close by, this is the first time we have been to Devilbend, we were keen to go for a short walk and enjoy the new facilities.

Picnic ground

From the entrance and picnic area you can see the reservoir, but it's not until you walk partially around it on the tracks that you realise just how big it is. There are two fishing platforms and three walking tracks but with a total distance of about two kilometres all together, it's an easy short walk that gives you a good perspective of the size of the reservoir.

[ADVERT]It has a hidden beauty to the area with black swans gracefully gliding across the waters surface, bird lovers will enjoy seeing the many species that can be found here.

The stillness of the water on a calm autumn day was so quiet and peaceful with only the sounds being of ducks on the water and fairy wrens singing. It makes such a nice change to not hearing other people or traffic humming, it was just the sounds of nature mixed with children laughing and enjoying themselves.

Devilbend reminds me of Lysterfield Lake, except only bigger and without a many walking tracks. The bonus is you pretty much get it all to yourself.

If you're a keen angler then you will appreciate the fishing here. We met a man enjoying a quiet spot of fishing by himself. He comes from Carnegie and has caught many fish since the park opened for recreational fishing, with one of his prize catches being over 4 kilograms. With the reservoir being freshly stocked with over 36,000 trout, catching one shouldn't be too difficult.

This place makes you want to set up camp for the weekend and enjoy the surrounds.

Unfortunately no camping is allowed.

Walking track
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Why? To catch trout and enjoy the surrounds
When: Gates open 6 am- 8 pm
Where: Graydens Rd Tuerong
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Are dogs on leads allowed thanks
by Amand (score: 0|2) 1382 days ago
Yes. Need to know if dogs on leads are allowed. It can be a long way for some to come only to find they are not welcome. This site needs to state this.
by micha (score: 0|2) 426 days ago
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