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Koolamara Waters

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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 March 23rd 2020
It's Cool to Visit Koolamara Waters
The size of this reserve surprised me. There is definitely water in Koolamara Waters three lakes full.

The entrance on corner of Koolamara Bvd & Blackwood Park Road.

It is on the corner of Blackwood Park Road, where there are a couple of dedicated parking bays.

The first lake you see.

All the paths, and there are many, are wide, compacted gravel and flat. They would be very easy for wheelchairs to navigate.

wide path.
Seat and wide path through the many trees.

If you walked all the paths you would clock up almost two kilometres as the perimeter path is interconnected with several cross paths with some of them having a bridge over low areas.

foot bridge
One of the bridges across low areas.

Most paths meander through treed areas, giving a real bush walk feeling.

Can be busy.

With three lakes, you would expect to see many water birds. We did, but not as many as anticipated. Only three ducks were seen on one of the smaller lakes.

lake reflection
A reflective view across the large lake.

three ducks
The three ducks.

Coots outnumbered the ducks, but stayed well away from viewing positions.

One of the coots.

Several swamp hens were fossicking on the edge of one lake, but on my approach they flew to the safety of nearby reeds.

A swamphen in the reeds.

There are several vast expanses of grass around the area where several Ibis and white-faced Herons were fossicking for lunch. Two of them, one of each, took to wing and landed on a nearby dead tree and allowed me to approach quite close.

ibis in tree
An Ibis on his high perch.

White faced heron
White faced heron.

All the grassy areas had just been mowed and the aroma of newly mowed grass gives a nice feeling of well-being.

My visit was early afternoon on a weekday and I was surprised by the number of people enjoying this suburban asset.

A leisurely stroll with a stroller.

People with dogs were the most predominant, followed by mothers pushing strollers, just walkers and a couple of cyclists.

walkers with dogs.
Two walkers, two dogs.

Frequent rests are available on the many seats along the sides of the sides of the paths, all situated to give nice views.

Sit and enjoy.

There is a small play ground with only five items for play, but several seats for watching parents.

The small play area.

Many mature native grasses were very evident along the edges of many of the paths.

native grass
There were numerous examples of these throughout.

The only splash of colour seen were some red buds almost ready to flower.

red flowers
Almost blooming.

The whole area is well maintained with hardly a weed seen, and throughout there were many new plantings of shrubs and trees.

new plants
A small number of the many new plantings.

Many old growth gum trees were very evident some with interesting peeling bark.

barking tree
More than interesting.

This is one park suitable for all ages and mobile ability. Children can bring their bikes to practice their cycling skills as well as seeing birds, lakes and plenty of flora.
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Why? It's an unique experience with a lot to see.
When: anytime
Where: Koolamara Waters, Koolamara Bvd, Ferntree Gully. Melways map: 73. J.7.
Cost: Free
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