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Olinda Creek Wetlands

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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
You can stay dry in these wetlands
The Olinda Creek Wetlands consists of three small reed surrounded lakes. The paths around the lakes are all level compacted gravel affording easy wheelchair progress.

wetlands sign
We are here.

My walk was on a late sunny Sunday morning and I was not alone. I was joined, suitably socially distanced, by walkers of all ages, joggers, dogs and cyclists.

many walkers
A very popular place.

many walkers
Almost a need for traffic lights.

Best place to park is in Lakeview Drive, just in from Hull Road. The area was formerly named the Hull Road Wetlands.

Looking across one of the lakes.

Soon after entering the wetlands, I saw many people peering into a small tent-like structure. Closer inspection revealed a spoon face display, something which is growing in popularity. If I were an investment adviser, I would suggest getting into the wooden spoon market as there is soon to be a shortage of them.

spoon faces
An all weather display.

With lakes, water birds are bound to be seen. My first vision of such were two ducks and a duckling swimming together and diving for food. A joy to watch.

ducks diving
The duck family dinner.

Swamphens are often found in reeds surrounding lakes. They are very quiet and can often be seen hidden among the reeds and easily missed.

swamp hen
Swamp hens are often hidden in the reeds.

Birds on ground feeding duties offer good photo opportunities, giving a clear view, not being hidden in the foliage. Magpies were the most numerous seen on this walk.

Magpie in grass.

A single crow and a single mudlark were also busily feeding on the ground.

Crow in the grass.

Mudlarks can usually be closely approached.

Several wooden bridges allow the crossing of small streams, which lets any overflow from the lakes into the nearby Olinda Creek.

One of the bridges.

Crossing one of the bridges.

A busy bridge.

Many of the bushes along the paths were in flower, adding colour to the environment.

white flowers.
Many white blossoms.

yellow flowers
Pea like flowers.

purple flowers
Very colourful.

Native grasses were very evident adding another aspect to the flora.

native grasses
A stand of native grasses.

native grass
A single specimen.

Several stands of fluffy bulrushes lined some of the lakes and when backlit by the sun, stand out visually.

These are very picturesque.

Several specimens of colourful fungi give a bright spot as they are often growing on dead logs in subdued lighting.

One of the paths takes you to Bellbird Park then onto Lillydale Lake, giving you a short walk or a long one. Either is very enjoyable.
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Why? It's worth it.
When: anytime
Where: Lakeview Drive Lilydale. Melways map: 38. G.10.
Cost: Free
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