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Old Joes Creek 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 26th 2019
Old Joe would welcome you to his domain
Retarding basins in suburbia have given Melbourne some very nice small and large parks and walks. Old Joes Creek is an 11.9 ha. slice of what the area would have been like before settlement.

Old Joes sign
The entrance from Army Road.

Retarding Basin
Looking across the retarding basin to the bush.

Running through the centre of the reserve is Old Joes Creek, mostly just a narrow waterway, but in places widens out into small ponds which are home to many ducks.

 chestnut teal duck.
A chestnut teal duck.

The basin is mainly bush with three easily managed paths. All the wildflowers I noted were next to the paths, so going bush in the bush to see them was not necessary.

A large display.

Once past the open retarding basin area (from the Dorset Road end) and into the bush there was the constant sound of many different species of birds as many flittered through the foliage.

Some of the bush.

It was spring and possibly the bird's mating season which could account for their excitement. Wattlebirds appeared to be the most excited, only briefly resting in trees before again joining in the chase of other wattlebirds.

An acrobatic wattle bird.

Wattle bird
Another one.

A crimson rosella was the only colourful bird I found perching. Many others were noted passing through the tree tops, usually at great speed.

crimson rosella
Crimson rosella.

Kookaburras are more often heard than seen, but often they quietly appear on a nearby tree and just sit and look at you, real camera candy.

Kookaburra sitting in the old gum tree.

The main path, on both sides of the creek is wide compacted gravel and only have a slight slope in parts, so wheelchairs should be able to cope to experience this bush setting.

Bush pathway
The wide bush path.

Narrow path
One of the narrow paths.

Spring is wildflower season and the season's offerings were bountiful. I counted ten different species, some very bright and others with more subtle colouring.

Always colourful.

Wild flower
One of the wildflowers

Some were just a single plant with a few blooms and others were bushes of colour.

Wild flower
Close up is better.

Wild flower
Yellow always stands out.

The reserve is an off-leash area for dogs and many were encountered along with their owners.

yellow wildflower
Another yellow one.

white wildflowers
Even the white ones are eye-catching.

On my walk, I encountered a young lady conducting a survey for the local council about the area, seeking views on the users of the walks; their likes and dislikes. It is nice to see the council seeking input from their ratepayers.

people on path
A bush interview.

Old Joe's Retarding Basin can be accessed from a laneway on Dorset Road, but it is hard to find and the Army Road entrance is better for parking.

Wild flower
Another specimen.

If you like looking at wildflowers in the bush, this is for you.

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Where: Old Joes Creek Retarding Basin. Army Road, Boronia. Melways map: 65. A. 6.
Cost: free
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Do you visit a park almost everyday Neil? I'm quite envious
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|8093) 595 days ago
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