A city girl moved to the country. A Diploma in Horticulture (Parks and Gardens), a Diploma in Fashion Design (pattern making), a degree in Communication (Journalism)...the perpetual student of life
Published March 16th 2013
Take a walk on the natural side
A hidden bushland gem in an old quarry is a scenic destination nearer than you think.
What is seemingly a large, slightly unkempt bush area behind a high wire fence reveals itself to be a quite astonishing piece of natural bush reserve complete with native flora and fauna.
The native bush retreat surrounding Newport Lakes has been lovingly created by people with a passion to preserve places of natural beauty and historical significance.Placid waters lap gently on what was once a busy quarry and farmlands before that.
The water supports a great variety of birdlife and is an oasis of cool calmness right smack bang in the middle of suburbia; walking the perimeter of the lake evokes a feeling that you are wandering in a secluded sanctuary or private parklands.
Oftentimes though, the area rings out with the sound of children exuberantly exercising their legs and filling their lungs with freshness. On the last day I was there a clever parent had set out a treasure hunt for their treasure's birthday.
An easy walk reveals places to picnic, places to sit, and places to contemplate the tranquility of the water. Beautiful mosaic images of some of the inhabitants of the park are an added bonus.
It is not advisable to enter the water but a rock walkway across the water invites you to sit and bathe your feet while admiring the preening ducks, swans and many other types of water creatures. There are warning signs for snakes so keep your eyes peeled.