Gayle is a retired accountant and a photography enthusiast living on Victoria's beautiful Bass Coast. Gayle is passionate about writing and keen to showcase Aussie culture to a global audience. Gayle loves her family, dogs, sunsets, and chocolate.
Published August 21st 2016
A Recreation Reserve That Really Delivers
When my husband and I went to see our grandson play in his football Grand Final at Marriott Waters Reserve in Lyndhurst, we were expecting a couple of footy ovals. The scenic wetlands, open parkland and the playground were a surprise. There is so much to do in this outstanding recreation reserve you'll wonder why you didn't visit earlier.
These extensive wetlands are very picturesque (Photo copyright Gayle Beveridge)
The wetlands which are bordered by Brookwater Parade, Marriott Boulevarde, Lyndhurst Boulevard and Boland Drive take up around half the reserve. The waters are interspersed with small islands and reed beds and are crossed by a wooden bridge at Marriott Boulevarde.
One of many large metal pelican statues scattered throughout the reserve (Photo copyright Gayle Beveridge)
Large metal sculptures of pelicans are set on raised platforms; pelicans on the nest, pelicans feeding chicks, pelicans taking flight and more. The natural beauty of the wetlands is well complemented by the artwork.
Walking paths run throughout the reserve (Photo copyright Gayle Beveridge)
Landscaped paths suitable for wheelchairs and scooters circumnavigate the reserve, the wetlands and the sports grounds. The wetlands offer a pleasant aspect the walk. This is an oasis in suburbia and I confess to being a little jealous of the people living in the surrounding streets.
Livvi's Place is a secure gated playground at the reserve (Photo copyright Gayle Beveridge)
Livvi's Place is a securely fenced playground and is entered through safety lock gates of the kind you would find around swimming pools. There is no shortage of play equipment here much of which is beneath shade sails.
There are many swings and other play equipment in the Livvi's Place Playground (Photo copyright Gayle Beveridge)
A huge slide set in a rubber covered hill is very popular with the children. There are two birds nest swings, traditional swings and toddler swings. A carousel is set in the ground for safety. Balance logs rise from one sandpit and on the other side of the playground is a sand pit for digging. Add to that climbing ropes, two mini rock climbing walls, a fireman's pole and a double flying fox and this place is a kid's delight.
The shaded slide at the playground is very popular (Photo copyright Gayle Beveridge)
Save on gym memberships, use the well-equipped exercise stations on the reserve. Try out the bench, the free runner, the pull-up station, the leg lift, the leg press, and more. Add to this some jogging, walking or cycling on the network of paths and you'll be as fit as a fiddle in no time.
Save on gym membership, get a workout on equipment at the reserve instead (photo copyright Gayle Beveridge)
The wetlands support an amazing array of water birds. In one afternoon I spotted a pair of swans with six cygnets, a cormorant, a white egret, some Eurasian coots, purple swamp hens, and a chestnut teal. I didn't see any pelicans but given the number of supersized pelican statues at water's edge it would seem likely they are frequent visitors.
A footbridge crosses the wetlands from residences to the reserve and provides a great vantage point to watch the birds (Photo copyright Gayle Beveridge).
There are two ovals for football and cricket at the reserve which is home to the Lyndhurst Football Club and the Lynbrook Cricket Club. There is a set of three cricket practice nets beside oval 2. Even when there are games on, the lawn areas outside the ovals provide plenty of room for a casual kick or hit.
There are two football ovals at the reserve (Photo copyright Gayle Beveridge)
Football and cricket are not the only sports catered for at the reserve. There are also two netball courts with adjoining shelters. These blue courts sit between ovals 1 and 2.
8. Picnic or BBQ
What a wonderful place for a picnic on a fine day. There is plenty of lawn area near the wetlands to spread a blanket or set up some folding chairs. If you prefer, and the children surely will, you can go to Livvi's Place playground to use the BBQ's and sit at the sheltered picnic tables.
A shaded picnic and BBQ area overlooks the sand pits and playground. (Photo copyright Gayle Beveridge)
In the unlikely event that the children will tire of the playground, you can let them loose in the abutting open park land. A game of chasey around this expansive area will be sure to burn off that excess energy.
There are wide open spaces for children to run wild (Photo copyright Gayle Beveridge)
Your four-legged friends will enjoy the reserve as much as you. The easy flat paths and lawns away from traffic, with plenty to look at and sniff are ideal. Do be respectful pet owners though, keep your dog on a leash and pick up after them.
Interesting artwork near the kiosk and change rooms (Photo copyright Gayle Beveridge)
Facilities at the reserve include a pavilion equipped with a kiosk (open during organised events), change rooms, a large social space, and public toilets. There are additional public toilets at the playground with also has picnic and BBQ facilities. Sealed car parking is available at the entrance and around the edges of the ovals. The Marriott Waters Recreation Reserve is entered from Boland Drive in Lyndhurst or across a footbridge from Marriott Boulevarde. It is managed by the City of Casey which can be contacted on (03) 9705 5200.