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McAlpin 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 May 23rd 2019
If you happen upon this park you will be rewarded
Reserve sign
The sign on Wonga road.

The entrance to this reserve is a narrow drive way, past deciduous trees leading to an off road car park. In autumn, that is a very inviting introduction to the reserve.

The picturesque roadway to the car park.

This is a large reserve with numerous deciduous trees scattered throughout the park, which in autumn provides some very picturesque scenery, if not, pathways of autumn leaves.

reserve entrance
The inviting pedestrian entrance

There are many asphalt paths winding through the reserve making it extremely wheelchair friendly. The paths are wide and any non-level parts are very mild.

One of the wide wheel chair friendly paths.

A wide wooden bridge spans a small lake which is alive with swimming ducks. An ibis and waterhen were also noted.

The bridge is very popular.

Inviting you to cross.

Although only a small item in the reserve, the bridge seems to dominate as it can be seen from almost every corner.

The very popular bridge.

Like all good parks, a playground is a feature as is BBQs, sheltered picnic tables and seats and a toilet block.

The very busy play area

There are many shady areas in the reserve and because of the number of trees, both old and new. Many paths are in shade and would be very welcoming for an evening walk after a hot summer's day.

pathway through trees
Entering the shade.

A cackle of noisy cockatoos almost, but not quite, outnumbered the number of ducks swimming in and feeding around the lake. Fortunately, the cockatoos were just passing through. Although a pleasant sight, but when there are many together their squawking takes away the peaceful ambience of this beautiful reserve.

One of the cackle of Cockatoos.

A pleasant scene presented itself when approaching the lake after a walk around the perimeter was two ibis standing at the edge preening themselves.

Small lake
The lake, the bridge and the Ibis.

The two ibis at the lake edge.

My visit was on a weekday but many little children and their mothers were at the playground as were a couple of grandparents with their charges. It is really a family-friendly environment.

Grassy area
There are many grassy areas.

Man's best friend was not forgotten as many brought their owners for a walk in the park. It is an on-leash area.

Two little doggies waiting for a walk.

If a picnic in a park is your desire, this one is should satisfy that desire.
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Where: McAlpin Reserve. Wonga Road, Ringwood North, Melways Map 50. A.2
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Lovely secluded park
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