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Published June 30th 2020
Take your furry friend walking
It's really not a secret, however, I suspect many folk have not stopped to explore the area.
It's hidden from the road, and most passers-by perhaps imagine there is only bush there, but the Hemmant Quarry Reserve is more than bushland. It's on Wynnum Road in the Hemmant/Tingalpa area and there is limited parking on that busy road. The best spot to park is just off Fleming Road, where there is an information board, and pathway around the lake.
It's a great place for a walk in the bushland, or a bike ride, and a great place to walk your furry family member, as dogs are welcome. There are some seats around and various routes in the park to explore.
There's quite a lot of history for the area, as it was a hunting ground for our native peoples first, before it became a quarry in the 1920s, providing stones for roadmaking during that time. Later, it filled with water and is now a tranquil lake, with tortoises and eels, though I did not see any.
The pathways are bitumen or timber walkways, and some dirt tracks too. It is wheelchair and pram friendly most of the way around. I find it an interesting photography venue, especially with the reflections in the lake. Oh, and there's plenty of birdlife too.
Interestingly it backs onto the old Hemmant Cemetery, with some fascinating history with gravestones dating back to the 1870s, but you'll need to access that via Hemmant-Tingalpa Road, if you want to explore that area.