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Long Hollow Heathland, Beaumaris

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by Lyndsey V (subscribe)
I'm an ecologist and writer based in Melbourne, Australia. Also visit me at www.instagram.com/victoriafloraandfauna/
Published November 2nd 2018
Explore a peaceful bushland in busy Beaumaris
Long Hollow Heathland in Beaumaris is the single most biodiverse native bushland remnant in the Bayside area. The small reserve is a peaceful and quiet place to walk, despite its location next to the busy Reserve Road and Beaumaris Secondary College. It's a rare oasis of bushland among the suburbia of the Bayside area.

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Walking through Long Hollow Heathland


The bushland is also a great place for appreciating the local wildflowers, with the reserve home to approximately 120 indigenous plant species, including a number of significant flora species such as orchids. It also provides habitat for animals such as birds, microbats and small reptiles.

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A view through the heathland, including she-oaks, tea-tree and eucalypts


Sandy tracks and boardwalks wind their way through woodland vegetation, with Coast Manna Gum (Eucalyptus viminalis subsp. pryoriana) providing a shady canopy overhead. In the southern section of the reserve is a patch of dense heathland vegetation, which puts on a spectacular display of wildflowers in spring. Although the heathland section is fenced, there is a great view of the plants through and over the fencing. There is certainly lots of opportunity for wildflower photography at the right time of year.

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Native grasses putting on a dazzling display in the heathland


The boardwalk passes over a low-lying area, an indication that the original vegetation once included a swamp depression, which was called the Long Hollow Swamp.

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The boardwalk in the reserve


An open grassy area has plenty of seating to rest and take in the picturesque surrounds.

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Take a rest on one of the seats in the reserve


In the southern section of the park is a small sign indicating that the patch of vegetation behind the fence is the Winifred Waddle Wildflower Sanctuary. The sign tells the story of Winifred Waddle, a naturalist and teacher who became concerned about the loss of native flora and bushland. As part of the Native Plants Preservation Society of Victoria, she worked with local authorities to set aside small fenced areas across the state to protect wildflowers, including this one at Long Hollow Heathland, which was set up in 1959.

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The Winifed Waddle Wildflower Reserve


The Friends of Long Hollow Heathland have working bees on the last Sunday of each month between 8 am and 10 am during daylight savings hours, or between 1 pm and 3 pm at other times of the year.

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The entrance off Gareth Avenue


There are several entry points to the reserve, including on Reserve Road and Gareth Avenue. Parking is available on surrounding streets – check any signs for parking time limits.

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The reserve is home to lots of small critters - don't disturb their habitat!


Long Hollow Heathland is one of several small reserves in the Bayside area protecting the last remaining pockets of heathland and heathy woodland that were once part of the "Sandringham Flora", which extended right across the south-east of Melbourne. Other reserves include the nearby Donald McDonald Reserve and Balcombe Park, as well as George Street Reserve and Bay Road Heathland Reserve in Sandringham.
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Why? A quiet walk through nature in the middle of Bayside's suburbs
When: Any time
Phone: 03 9599 4444 (Bayside City Council)
Where: Reserve Road, Beaumaris
Cost: Free
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