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Everard Memorial Wildflower Sanctuary

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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 September 6th 2020
It's a memorial walk
The Everard Memorial Wildflower Sanctuary is part of the Warrien Reserve in Croydon North.

pea flower
Close up of pea flower.

The sanctuary area is fenced off but can be viewed from two sides from two of the many paths through Warrien Reserve.

The bridge to the wildflower sanctuary.

Sanctuary sign.
Sanctuary sign.

The sanctuary is a memorial to William Everard, MLA, 1869-1950. An informative plaque tells the history of the Sanctuary and brief details of Everard.

Sanctuary plaque
Brief history of the area.

My visit was in early spring and the wildflowers in the actual sanctuary were a little on the sparse side, probably because access to the area is restricted. The interior of the area is thickly vegetated and no doubt hides many wildflowers.

white flowers.
Small, but nice.

However, if you combine the walk past the sanctuary with a walk along the paths of the Warrien Reserve, you will be rewarded with many wildflower sightings.

purple flowers
One of the wildflowers.

The Warrien Reserve is a 5.3 hectare reserve that has something for everyone. A playground with carved wooden animals, large undercover sheltered picnic tables, a BBQ, genuine bushwalks, off lead dog area, off-street parking and toilet facilities.

picnic shelter
Picnic shelter and bbq.

Next to the sheltered picnic tables is a shaded grassed area with more picnic tables. Becoming popular in many reserves are carved fauna on seats and totem poles.

open space
The open area and dog off lead area.

totem poles
The two fauna totem poles.

The most prolific and colourful wildflower was a member of the numerous pea family. These densely spaced flowers look spectacular when viewed closely.

pea flowers
A spectacular display.

budding wildflower
The blooms are coming.

Throughout both the sanctuary and the reserve many varieties of wattles were blooming, telling us that spring has arrived.

One of the many wattles.

Another wattle.

Wattles are a member of the acacia family which have over 70 members, with many appearing to be very similar, often with just the leaf size and shape to identify them.

A different wattle.

Yet another one.

No Australian bushwalk would be complete without areas of bracken ferns. These do look nice when young and when budding.

bracken ferns
A narrow path takes you through ferns.

budding fern
A future fern.

The wide gravel paths throughout the reserve would be suitable for wheelchairs. It has an off-lead dog area with a large grassy expanse for them to frolic and chase whatever you throw for them.

lady and boy walking.
Suitable for all ages.

It's a very popular reserve.

Many birds were seen and heard, but only one Crimson Rosella was visible enough to be photographed as most of the trees are very leafy.

crimson rosella
Crimson Rosella.

For a more detailed look at what Warrien Reserve has to offer, click here.

It is a very easy walk for both young and old and whatever time of the year, there is a lot to see.
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Where: Warrien Road, Croydon. Melways map: 36.K.11.
Cost: Free
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