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Ferntree Gully Quarry 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 March 15th 2020
The view should be your quarry
This beautifully landscaped reserve is almost hidden, as being a former quarry it is below eye level. It is not on a major road and local residents would be the main beneficiaries of it.

quarry sign
We are here.

There is limited parking in Quarry Road. To arrive at water level a series of long zig-zags paths will allow you to gently descend.

Quarry map.
Information sign on Quarry Road.

Soon after you commence your descent the magnificent sight of the far side of the quarry greets you, sheer cliffs of stone.

stone cliffs
The first sighting of the quarry.

If you are steady on your feet, you can take a steep downhill shortcut between the paths.

uphill walk
A short cut for the fit.

Approaching water level the viewing pleasure increases as you look down upon the lake with the backdrop of the cliffs on the other side.
cliff face
Spectacular up close.

On the water's edge there are several over-water fishing platforms. You can also fish from the lake's edge.

fishing platform
A two man fishing platform.


fishing platform
A very relaxing pastime.

The lake is said to contain rainbow trout, estuary perch, golden perch and even Murray cod. It is regularly stocked with catchable sized fish. You will, of course, need a Victoria recreational fishing licence.

fishing platform
The main fishing platform.

The lush green grassy banks are an ideal spot for a picnic as there are many shade trees on a sunny day.

having fun
Everyone enjoying themselves.

To walk all the paths in the reserve would be around 2.5 kms in length.

meandering path.
Some of the paths meander.


paths
Take the high road or the low road.

The fish are in the water, but on the water were many water birds, the most numerous were coots, followed by black ducks and one lone dusky moor hen.

birds in water
One duck, two coots and a dusky moor hen.

The ducks were not wary of people with several abandoning the water to waddle to where some picnickers were picnicking, perhaps hoping for a free feed.

duck swimming
One of the black ducks.

The coots were a little more wary of people, staying on the water and keeping their distance.

coot
A single coot.


two coots
Two coots.


dusky moor hen.
The dusky moor hen.

The whole area is landscaped with many native bushes and grasses. An occasional splash of colour indicated some low growing flowering bushes.

flowers
Seen in the landscaped areas.

There are many seats throughout allowing a rest or a peaceful view across the lake.

resting couple
Having a rest as the view is behind them.

Some of the upper level paths have steps to negotiate a few very steep sections.

Even though the paths are wide and concreted they are not suitable for wheelchairs because of their steepness. By parking, in Stringybark Drive, which passes along the western side of the reserve a street-level viewing platform is provided giving superb views of the lake.

quarry view
The view from the viewing platform.

This reserve is definitely a go to one, very worthwhile seeking it out for your own pleasure.



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Why? It's an unique experience
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Where: Quarry Road, Ferntree Gully.
Cost: Free
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It looks stunning Neil. Wilson Botanic Gardens in Berwick are also on the site of an old quarrt and well worth the visit.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|7954) 18 days ago
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