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Pembroke Retarding Basin Reserve

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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 August 26th 2019
Pembroke Retarding Basin is one of more than 200 retarding basins in Melbourne to reduce the risk of local flooding in times of heavy or prolonged rainfall.

Reserve entrance
The Cambridge Road entrance.

There is off-road parking at the entrance in Cambridge Road and a very wide compacted gravel path that winds its way through an open grassy area to Delmont Court, where it joins up to part of the Brushy Creek Linear Trail.

Gum trees
Gum trees between path and wetlands. Mt. Dandenong in background.

The path is on the high side of the reserve and would be wheelchair friendly, although it has a gentle slope towards the top end.

Reserve path
The path is very wide.

Down the slope from the path, the wetlands area is fenced off and surrounded by dense foliage with several small stands of magnificent tall gum trees.

Gum trees
Showing the colours of the gums.

Interspersed between the stands of gums many colourful wattle trees stand out against the other foliage, offering a bright outlook on a dull day.

Wattle trees
Very colourful on a dull day.

It is a designated dog off-leash area and the grassy slopes would give any dog a good workout.

Man walking dog.
Not necessary off-leash.

Cockatoos seem to like making their presence known by their screeching. One kindly perched on a nearby flowering gum tree, before noticing a bird feeder in the backyard of an adjacent house.

The one cockatoo sighted.

A good balancing act.

A couple of currawongs were flying around, but only landed deep within the foliage.

A shy currawong.

While passing the wetland area, movement through the trees attracted my attention in time to see two ducks literally splashdown in a puddle of water in a low lying grassy area. I heard the splash. They then proceeded to almost disappear into the grass as they fed on whatever was there.

One and a half ducks.

At the southern end of the reserve, the creek widens out to small ponds which although still fenced off, can be closely approached.

One of the visible ponds.

The top end of the basin was fenced off and extensive earthworks were under way by Melbourne Water to upgrade and improve the area. It should look good when finished.

Earth works
Work in progress.

Retarding basin reserves are usually small and linear, but offer some interesting scenery and the opportunity to observe water and non-water birds.

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Where: Pembroke Retarding Basin Reserve, Cambridge Road, Mooroolbark. Melways map: 52. B. 4.
Cost: free
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