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Koolunga Native Reserve

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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 October 6th 2019
This bush is almost in the bush
Reserve entrance
The entrance from Forest Road.

This large reserve has two kilometres of walking tracks mostly flat, with the main one suitable for wheelchair progress as it is level and at the end a wide expanse of grass. There are a couple of park benches in this area amid a small stand of magnificent old pine trees.

Pine trees
The magnificent stand of old pine trees.

Bush pathway
One of the narrower paths.

Upon entering the reserve on my first visit, I was greeted by a very noisy black crow which kindly landed on a nearby tree it certainly wasn't camera shy.

The big black crow.

bush paths
Left or right? Try both.

There are many narrow, sometimes rough, paths threading their way through this bush reserve, with wildflowers popping up at almost every twist and turn. As wildflower season was upon us in October many colourful specimens were seen and photographed.

Wild flower
A colourful wild flower.

white wildflowers
White flowers stand out against dark backgrounds.

A small creek runs through the area. It contained little water so no water birds were seen. There are two short boardwalks crossing over the creek at its lowest part.

The longer boardwalk.

A nice splash of colour.

Birdlife above the trees was very evident. Announcing their presence by their normal loud screeching, a flock of 18 cockatoos circled above the trees several times before heading off elsewhere.

Cockatoos in flight

One came closer.

Two Kookaburras were spied quietly sitting together on an upper branch of a large gum tree.

A pair of kookaburras.

A blackbird was noticed flying about before perching upon a nearby tree. It was the first time I had seen this introduced species in a bush reserve.

black bird

Ground feeders were represented by a couple of pigeons and a magpie.

The ground feeding magpie.

One of the pigeons

Around the walking tracks three illustrated boards give interesting information about some of the trees in the reserve, the butterflies living in there and its nocturnal habitats. They include the powerful owl, boobook owl, tawny frogmouth, sugar glider, ringtail possum and flying foxes. How close we must be to those creatures when walking through the reserve in daylight.

bird sign
The nocturnal inhabitants.

The undergrowth can be dense.

The flat part of the reserve was popular with joggers, dog walkers and anyone out for a walk. We more hardy types took the narrow path option.

Man & baby
A stroll with a stroller.

While the reserve is surrounded by suburbia it is not noticeable from most parts particularity when you are deep in the bush.


More wildflowers.

This reserve has everything, an interesting bush experience, wildflowers, birds, open areas for ball games and quiet solitude.

The last one.

It is one reserve I would suggest is worthwhile seeking out, particularly during spring with the wildflowers being an added attraction.

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Where: Forest Road, FernTree Gully
Cost: free
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Ssssh! :)
I walk my dogs here twice a day every day. It is a very friendly community, and a gorgeous place to walk. Also, unlike some reserves, there are two bins for us to place the dogs' byproducts in.
by bzwar (score: 0|2) 399 days ago
by Sue Williams on 23/11/2011
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