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Jumping Creek Walk to Black Flat

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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 September 4th 2019
You can't jump Jumping Creek

Reserve entrance
The entrance at Jumping Creek Road.

The walk starts from the car park in the Jumping Creek Reserve. The drive from Jumping Creek Road to the car park is almost one kilometre, and that is an experience in itself.

Road through trees
Almost a forest drive.

The sealed road passes through a heavily timbered area with a couple of open areas with picnic tables. An ideal spot for a bush picnic.
Picnic table
One of the entrance road picnic tables.

Many wattle trees were in bloom which adds colour to the landscape. One branch was home to a small spider.

Wattle and spider
Wattle branch and spider web.

The car park is quite large and many picnic tables are dotted around the area including several under cover. There is a toilet block, but on my visit in early September, it was closed for renovations.

Undercover picnic tables.
The undercover picnic shelter with wood powered BBQ in foreground.

The area has one of many designated canoe launching areas spaced along the Yarra. A viewing platform built above the launching site gives nice river views both upstream and downstream.

Viewing platform
Viewing platform overlooking the Yarra.

The walk to Black Flat follows the Yarra River downstream offering many picturesque views of the river during the two kilometre walk.

Yarra River
You are constantly insight of the Yarra.

The path is very undulating, sometimes at river level and other parts elevated. It is very narrow and very rocky in parts. Anyone who has mobility problems would find it extremely difficult.

Narrow path
Narrow and steep in parts.

The path is not straight, but winds its way through the untouched bush, often not seeing fellow walkers until only a few metres away.

Surprised to see a jogger.

A more sedate pace.

Parts of the path are very challenging, indeed a couple of sections would be challenging to a trainee mountain goat.

Rocky steps
The most challenging part with steps cut into rocks.

Part way into the walk Jumping Creek itself is reached. Despite its name, a bridge is needed to cross it. There are several small bridges on the walk, crossing very small, but dry creeks.

How to cross Jumping Creek.

My walk was on a weekday afternoon but five other people were encountered. No dogs though as the Jumping Creek Reserve is a dog free reserve.

Rocky path.
Tread a rocky path.

Upon arriving at Black Flat you have the option a two kilometre circuit walk around that reserve before backtracking to your starting point.

A canoeists delight.

A swamp hen and two ducks on the far side of the river were the only birds seen until I arrived back at the car park.

Flower on tree
A splash of colour.

Sitting on a dead tree branch were two ducks with several others swimming around.

Resting ducks.

A little upstream from the ducks a cormorant was sitting on another branch drying its wings. It is fascinating to see large birds close up.

Spreading their wings.

This would be an ideal walk if you like a challenge, terrain wise, coupled with river views. Sturdy shoes would be a must.
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Where: Jumping Creek Walk to Black Flat Reserve Jumping Creek Road, Warrandyte. Melways map: 24 A. 9.
Cost: Free
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Those rock steps did look challenging but there seems some significant facilities in this very bushy reserve and your encounteres with others suggest it is well used. Love your park and reserve articles. By the way the bird drying its wings is a female Darter.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|8059) 539 days ago
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