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Ocean Grove Nature Reserve

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by KJ (subscribe)
Published June 5th 2016
Take a stroll through Ocean Grove's beautiful nature reserve
Ocean Grove Nature Reserve is a woodland located in Wallington, near Ocean Grove.

Access is via Grubb road, and the gates are open until 5pm.

Once you turn off Grubb road, follow the dirt road until you reach the main carpark area. Here you'll find a toilet block, visitor information centre, picnic tables, and a map of the reserve.

Ocean grove Nature Reserve, Woodland
The Visitor Information Centre can be seen on the left-hand side, and is open most weekends

The reserve itself is very impressive, with a number of different trails, including:

The Banksia 'Discovery' Trail, which is a 3km, one hour walk loop track;
The Wallaby Trail, which is a 1.5km, 30 minutes (return) track; and
The Bird Hide Walk via. North Track, a 40 minute walk.

There are also a number of fire access tracks, as identified on the signage:

The main woodland is fenced to keep the wallabies in, and there are access gates on the walking tracks, with signs reminding visitors to keep the gates closed.

Although I only spotted a couple of birds, the woodland is known to be home to a range of wildlife, including wallabies, possums, lizards and snakes, as well as being home to 178 species of native plants.

I also noticed an incredible number of different types of fungi, moss and lichen growing amongst the trees and leaf litter.

Extra Information:
Parking: There is a small carpark just inside the entrance, and a main carpark near the Visitor Information Centre.
Toilets: Yes
Picnic Tables: Yes
Walk Suitability: The walking tracks are flat and suitable for children, however they are littered with sticks, sheoak pods, and the occasional branch, so the trails may not be a suitable for people who are unsteady on their feet. A small section of the Wallaby Track is covered with gravel, and some other sections of the track can get a bit muddy and slippery if it's been raining.
Dogs: Not permitted.
Bikes: Not Permitted.

Ocean Grove Nature Reserve, Toilets
There is a small toilet block on the right as you enter the main carpark

Ocean Grove Nature Reserve, Rules
Dogs, Camping, Shooting and Bikes are not permitted in the reserve. Visitors are also requested to keep to the formed tracks.

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Why? For a relaxing stroll through nature
When: Any time. If you are driving, the gates to the reserve close at 5pm.
Where: Grubb Rd, Wallington
Cost: Free
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