Like the three other reserves in the 34 hectare Stirling Linear Park, the Hender Reserve is accessible from Woorabinda Lake. All of the reserves also have other access points, and all have their own unique flavour.
Again it is quite narrow, meandering through the scrub to the railway line for South Australian trains heading to Melbourne. Use the pedestrian crossing safely by checking for trains, and continue on past the marker and up the hill.
It was very like my experience in the Madurta Reserve where it almost felt that they were teasing me. Like before, one butterfly stayed and settled down near me. When I moved, it also flitted to a different place. Very curious indeed.
Soon I reached a clearing where there appeared to be a few paths diverging. Something resembling a sign board had Woorabinda misspelt on it, but the map showed that I would have to cross the railway line again, and I wanted to use the pedestrian crossing.
Continuing on past the sign in roughly the same direction as previously, I passed more ferny forest and more bold butterflies.
I was reminded of something I read about Hender Reserve on the informative Parks For Us All website: Right now the flowering shrubs are looking wonderful, the most colourful I have seen in the last 24 years.
Perhaps that helps explain the number of butterflies I encountered?
On my return I pondered how lucky Stirling is to have such a comprehensive and diverse group of parks. We owe a great deal to groups such as Friends of Stirling Linear Park for spending long hours maintaining the environment, and Parks For Us All for raising community awareness about them.