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Mooroolbark Retarding Basin

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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 September 19th 2020
A walk for everyone
The Mooroolbark Retarding Basin is mainly a large open area alongside Mooroolbark Road.
Basin sign
The sign on Mooroolbark Road.

There is a wide walking track of almost two kilometres around the perimeter of the basin with the paths either concrete or well-compacted gravel.

Concrete & gravel paths.

It proved to be a very popular walk for local residents in these pandemic days, when travel is restricted.

many walkers
An extremely popular walk.

Wheelchairs would not be able to complete the circuit as the eastern side has a steady incline and there is a very steep section on part of the northern edge. However, if accessed from Bimbadeen Avenue, near the south-west corner, a long stretch of level paths will allow the basin to be observed and enjoyed by the mobility challenged.

wheelchair & walker.
Part of the wheel chair friendly area.

Steep path
Not suitable for wheel chairs unless fitted with parachute brake.

At this point, a sign declares it is the Balcombe Avenue Reserve. The bottom of the basin is a flat area with a cricket pitch and football goal posts, which indicates it is seldom flooded.

reserve sign
The Balcombe Reserve sign..

Occupied bench seat.
Having a rest.

playing field.
The playing field.

The rest of the area is open grass and a mecca for dogs off-lead.

Fallen tree
Fallen tree with Mt. Dandenong in background.

dog with ball
Free at last.

There are several park bench type seats around the basin, all situated where good views are afforded to any weary walkers.

meandering path
Walkers on a meandering path with bench seats.

If strenuous exercise is not your forte, slow down and observe what nature has to offer. You may not see any wildflowers, but many of the shrubs and bushes offer some floral interest.

flowering bush
Flowering bush.

Very colourful.

curly flower
A curly one.

Considered a noxious weed, the angled onion flowers often appear in large clumps and many are in the Mooroolbark Basin.

angled onion flower
Naughty but nice.

Deep in one of the landscaped areas, a splash of colour stood out from its shaded surrounds. It was a series of bright orange fungi growing on a long-dead fallen tree branch.

Very bright, even in the shade.

Along three borders of the basin, landscaped areas are well maintained and offer refuge for our feathered friends, with magpies being the dominant species observed.

magpies feeding.
A group lunch.

magpie in tree
Watching magpie.

A noisy miner was seen as were several ground-feeding corellas.

feeding corella
Having a snack.

On the western side of the basin, the path passes through a treed area giving a bushy feeling as you wander through.

Jogger in the bushy area.

This is an ideal local walk as it offers some flat paths and some moderate sloping ones and plenty of flora and fauna to see on your travels.

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Why? Good for all round exercise.
When: anytime
Where: Mooroolbark road, Mooroolbark. Melways map: 37.K.9.
Cost: Free
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