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.
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.
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.
Native grasses putting on a dazzling display in the heathland
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.