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Dorset Recreation Reserve

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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 January 23rd 2020
This walk is on a par with those on the golf course
This is a large area consisting of access to numerous activities.

reserve entrance
The entrance sign at Dorset Road.

It doubles as a retaining basin for Melbourne Water to cater for heavy rainfall.

There are many walking trails, but the most interesting is the one that circumnavigates the Dorset Golf Course.

A perfect day for a sunny stroll.

From the car park off Dorset Road, the wide, flat compacted gravel path takes you past the retarding basin, where numerous birds flock to feed.

birds feeding
All together. Galahs, Corallas & straw necked Ibis.

The path around the golf course is protected from errant golf balls by a two metre high cyclone fence. While adding protection to the walker, it offers frequent views of participants in the Royal and Ancient sport of golf.

If you are not as fit as you thought, frequent pauses to watch for birdies on the golf course will give you a rest. I doubt if you will see any eagles or albatrosses. There is a small creek running through the golf course with a small lake and some wetlands. Croaking frogs were heard in this area, which is always nice to hear.

Putting for pleasure.

A welcome facility about half way around the walk is a drinking fountain on the fence line, providing refreshment to walkers, their dogs and passing golfers.

water fountain
Thirst quencher for all.

The circuit is very popular with dogs. Most of the people I met all had one or two dogs, even a lady on a bicycle had one in tow.

lady & dogs
This lady has two best friends.

crowded path
Luckily the path is wide.

On my walk a group of obvious dog lovers were gathered in the middle of an oval, with their dogs, no doubt having canine conversations.

group on field
Doggie get together.

The circuit is 4-5 kms and the walk is a very pleasant activity. Perhaps a bit long for wheelchairs. There is just one short very mild slope, but this area is concreted so would be easily navigated.

The paths are wide.

winding path
A winding path.

Much of the path is among trees and gives the feeling of walking through a verdant tunnel.

tunnel of trees
Enter the tunnel.

Your walk will be in company with many birds. The predominant species I saw were the corellas, both in trees or on the ground feeding.

Two corellas watching.

The ground feeding corellas were often joined by a few galahs.

Ground feeding corellas.

Hungry galahs.

Many noisy miners were spied, flitting amongst the numerous trees, but often coming to ground to feed. Of course, numerous magpies were around.

noisy miner
Fence sitting noisy miner

A pair of crested pigeons were sighted and a local resident said at times the reserve was visited by several black cockatoos.

crested pigeon
One of the crested pigeons.

On the opposite side of the path to the golf course is a driving school course and several small open areas where several horses and a number of black ducks were noted.

black ducks
Black ducks feeding in an adjoining paddock.

Horse in another trail side paddock.

The reserve can be accessed from many points but if you are driving, I would suggest the Dorset Road entry as there is ample parking available.

dead trees
Dead trees look interesting.

Having a rest.

If you want an easy walk and the entertainment of birds, canines and golfers, this is the walk for you.

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Where: Dorset Road, Croydon Melways map: 51 B.6.
Cost: Free
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I liked your email tag - a good walk for the unfit.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|8057) 354 days ago
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