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Frankston Nature Conservation Reserve

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by Deborah Jayne (subscribe)
Motto: Have a plan and be prepared.
Published February 3rd 2016
Frankston Nature Conservation Reservoir Reserve
Photo Credit: Deborah Jayne

Jolly the koala,and Captain Schneebly the musk duck, are just two of the captivating characters you'll meet at the newly opened Frankston Nature Conservation Reserve in Frankston South.

Perfectly concealed at the end of Jeremy Way, the Frankston reservoir has been a most well kept secret for many years. Now, everybody has the chance to visit the recently re-opened 98-hectare reserve and enjoy this precious sanctuary.

Frankston Nature Conservation Reservoir Reserve
Photo Credit: Deborah Jayne

Jolly the koala brought attention to the reserve recently after she was picked up on Jolly Way. Quite common in the Frankston area, Rangers hope more koalas will find their way to the Frankston Nature Reserve. Video footage of Jolly being released is on the Frankston Nature Conservation Reserve website.

Before entering the reserve, take a moment to enjoy the car park. Designed by award winning landscape artist, Phillip Johnson, the rain garden is purpose built to catch rainwater from the road, cleaning and purifying as it flows around the rocky circuit to the picturesque waterfall. Enjoy the ambience for a while. It is a lovely place to simply sit quietly and be still.

Then venture into the reserve itself. There are several walks in the making. At time of publication, two are still under construction, but the Dam Wall Walk is an easy 450-metre stroll along the water and is pram and wheelchair friendly.

Frankston Nature Conservation Reservoir Reserve
Photo Credit: Deborah Jayne

Other tracks include the Kookaburra Bush Trail; a 3.5km walk through natural bushland. Enjoy a range of different habitats including the Woodland and Gully Woodland to the Kur-Bur-Rer Crossing (Koala Bridge) and look out. This path is a little more challenging with a steep incline through Stringybark woodland, but will take you right around the reserve, returning across the dam wall via Turtle Track. This track is not pram or wheelchair friendly.

In addition to Jolly the koala and Captain Scheebly the musk duck, look out for the stunning Jezebel Butterflies, Yellow Robins and brightly coloured Pardalotes (wrens). The Frankston Natural Reserve is home to many precious and protected plants and animals including the nationally threatened Growling Grass Frogs and many different types of indigenous flora.

The Frankston Natural Conservation Reserve is open Thursday to Sunday 10am to 5pm with last entry at 4pm (excluding Good Friday & Christmas Day and total fire ban days).

There are no toilet or rubbish facilities. So while picnics are welcome, please come prepared and take your rubbish home with you.

Pets are not allowed in the sanctuary.

Entry to the reserve is via Jeremy Way, Frankston South, where you'll meet the friendly and helpful Park Rangers. Be sure to stop and say Hi as they are a wealth of information and very passionate about the newly re-opened reserve.

Frankston Nature Conservation Reservoir Reserve
Photo Credit: Deborah Jayne

After visiting the reserve, take the kids round the corner to the playground on Somerset Road (off Overport Road) behind the Overport Park Tennis Club and adjacent to the PLOS shed. This is a fun little park, fully enclosed, with toilet facilities and picnic tables. There is also a safe, wide-open field for them to kick a ball or run around in behind.
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Why? Bushwalks, Nature & Animals
When: Thursday - Sunday
Where: Frankston Nature Conservation Reserve
Cost: Free Entry
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I do love parklands and reserves and I'm looking forward to checking this one out.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|8042) 1765 days ago
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