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Narr Maen 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 June 16th 2019
I'm sure the name means something


Reserve sign
The entrance to the reserve.

Like many reserves in hilly suburban areas, Narr Maen Reserve's prime purpose is a retarding basin in times of heavy rain.

It is a long reserve with two small lakes, walking and jogging paths, with some paths meandering among mature gum trees, giving a pleasant background for exercise enthusiasts.

Walking in the park
An easy stroll.

Par for the course in almost every park, reserve and walk, is local residents walking their dog.

The larger lake seemed to be home to a number of water birds. On my visit, I was surprised to notice that the swamphens outnumbered the ducks. A lone ibis was also feeding around the lake.

Lake
The main lake with the swamp hens feeding.


Swamp hen
A swamp hen perched among the reeds.

Along the centre of the reserve is a large area of natural bushland featuring some large mature gum trees. Most of it was fenced off with a notice proclaiming it to be a revegetation area.

Revegetation
Part of the revegetation area.

The southern end of the reserve opens up to a large grassed area with a playground. Apart from an occasional park bench, no other facilities are available.

Gum tree
The large green expance beyond the gum tree.


Playground
The play ground.

Although having a gentle rise in some areas, the wide compacted gravel paths would not be a detriment to the wheelchair bound and the mobility challenged.

Jogger
A very picturesque jog.

On the opposite side of Narr Maen Drive is a smaller reserve. It has no paths and its only feature is that it is mostly natural bush situated in a shallow gully.

Bush
The gully of bush.

It was here that I sighted two rabbits, which made a hasty retreat to the safety of the natural bush. Of all the reserves I have visited, this was the first time I had sighted anything with four legs, apart from the many dogs.

Rabbit
One of the rabbits sighted.

As I was leaving the area the aforementioned ibis must have decided that the grass was greener on the other side of the road and proceeded to cross, deciding to walk instead of flying. Very dangerous for an ibis on a relatively busy road.

Ibis
I thought it was greener this side.

I'm sure the locals would not mind anyone visiting this quiet haven for a short walk. Along Narr Maen Drive dedicated parking lanes are provided on both sides of the drive, giving safe parking for any visitors.
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Where: Narr Maen Reserve Narr Maen Drive, Croydon Hills. Melways: Map 36 E.10
Cost: Free
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It looks like a lovely oasis. I live near a space like this and never tire of spending time on it.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|6529) 17 days ago
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