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Parkinson Avenue Reserve

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Published November 22nd 2012
Nature in suburbia
For something different, if you enjoy a bit of nature, why not try going to Parkinson Avenue, off Parsons Road in Dernancourt?

Here you'll find a small reserve beside the O-Bahn bus track, where a creek has been converted into a small wetlands beside a drain that leads beneath Parsons Road to a continuation of the Linear Park. While this reserve is not an official part of Linear Park, as a spot for a pleasant picnic or a bit of bird watching, it is ideal.

Parkinson Ave reserve


The creek that runs through passes through tree-lined banks and beneath large weeping willows. In its waters you can often find crustaceans - yabbies and the like - and plenty of ducks and herons. The reeds that fill it are also home to a wide variety of arthropod life - spiders, dragonflies, ladybugs and other assorted small creatures.

A view of the creek


The wide flat area on the northern side is ideal for picnics, shaded as it is by numerous eucalyptus trees. There is enough space to play with a frisbee or a ball. It is also close enough to the O-Bahn track to watch the buses going past, something my children find endless fascination with. There are no amenities, but this only enhances the natural feel of the place.

But the main attraction of the area is the abundant bird life. As well as the ducks and herons already mentioned, there are a large variety of different birds - kookaburras, rainbow lorikeets, cockatoos, pigeons, minors, honey-eaters, and many others. Early in the morning or as the sun is setting, a bird-watcher can have a very pleasant time watching the birds come and go. In addition there are often koalas and possums in the area, and we have also seen a few lizards (mainly sleepy or blue-tongue lizards) and the occasional snake.

Ducks in the reeds


My children are learning skills of nature photography in this area, learning to sit still and watch, to have patience, and to take some surprisingly good photographs.

So while it is not for everyone, for those who want to go somewhere peaceful in a tranquil, natural surrounding without leaving the suburbs, this nice area is a place to be experienced.
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Where: Parkinson Avenue, Dernancourt
Cost: free
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