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Three Hidden Parks in Mooroolbark

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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 February 13th 2019
Size does not matter
Bimbadeen Gardens.
Bimbadeen Drive Mooroolbark.
Melways: map 37 J.9.

This large park is on sloping land and boasts three play areas, including a long red slippery slide.

One of the play areas has two park benches where parents can keep a close eye on their children playing.

playground
The three play areas including the red slide.


There are several small wooded areas consisting of mature trees and shrubs in mulched areas.

Gum trees
Stand of gum trees in mulched area.


The only wildlife observed was a group of magpies.

Magpies
Whenever a group of magpies gather there is often an argument.


Well defined paths meander around the park.


Wandana Reserve.
Wandana Crescent, Mooroolbark.
Melways: map 37 E.8

This little-hidden reserve is quite surprising. It was bigger than anticipated. It is very well treed with mature gums and contains three small reed and bull rush filled ponds.

Sign
Park sign with play area in background.


My visit was in summer and they were all dry. One gets the impression that when the lakes are filled, on a still night the air would be filled with the sound of croaking.

Reeds
One of the dry reed-filled ponds.


Like many parks, they are popular with local residents walking their dogs.

There are many plantings of native grasses which will add to the area when mature.
Pathway
Some of the native grass plantings lining the pathway.


A playground is set in one corner, next to Wandana Crescent.

Greenslopes Reserve.
Between Hull Road and Greenslopes Drive, Mooroolbark.
Melways: map 37 K.10.

Park sign
The sign at the Greenslopes Drive entrance.


This one was a real surprise. I have passed it along Hull Road hundreds of times, but its view is obstructed by a grassy bank. An investigation from the Greenslopes Drive end revealed several little ponds, containing plenty of reeds and grasses to house the resident water birds.

Pond
One of the ponds


Four ducks were observed swimming on one little pond. They appeared to be a mother duck and three smaller ones looking right at home.

Pond with ducks
Family of ducks swimming in pond.


Duck in pond
Mother and teenage ducks swimming in line astern.


A rare sight was a distant sighting of a swamphen and three chicks feeding on the grassy slopes near their little home pond. My approach sent them scurrying to the safety of the thick reeds bordering their home. Swamp hens usually tolerate passing humans, but a mother swamphen is very protective of her chicks.

Swamphen and chick.
Swamphen and one of her chicks running for cover.


A wide gravel path allows you to partake of a pleasant walk around these ponds and observing some bird life.

These smaller parks present the no-so-fit an opportunity to start on their fitness regime instead of looking at a five km hike as a beginning.
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Most likely the immature Magpie on the left is asking the adult male on the right for food.
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