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Penderel Court 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 28th 2019
Walk around this bush, not through it
Penderel Court Reserve
Penderel Court,
Wonga Park

Melway map: 24. J.10.

Penderel Reserve is a large reserve linking Penderel Court, Bessa Court and Jumping Creek Road in Wonga Park.

Reserve entrance
The entrance from Penderel Court.

The Penderel Court entrance opens onto an open grassy area which is a designated dog off-leash area. Dogs will love the wide grassy slopes particularity chasing balls or frisbees. It will give them a good work-out while you watch.

Your first view of the bush, set in a shallow valley.

The reserve is set in a narrow valley with the central part left as natural bushland. The slopes around the central bushland are open grass and well mowed.

The bush is quite thick.

There are no formed pathways, except from the entrance in Bessa Court, where a narrow dirt path leads past private properties that border this narrow part of the reserve.

Dead tree
Dead and alive.

The reserve is surrounded by properties, but they are on acreages rather than residential size blocks. It was pleasing to note that much of the private properties were left in a natural state, which visually enhances the size of the reserve.

A valley of bush.

Along the perimeter of the reserve many tree plantings have been made, many of them wattles in bloom despite their small size.

Some of the new plantings.

More perimeter plantings.

In and around the bush area many mature wattles were in bloom, adding a burst of yellow among the evergreen trees.

In full bloom.

There are no facilities in the reserve and it would not be wheelchair friendly due to there being almost no flat areas. There are no designated parking areas at any of the entrances.

Another angle of the bush.

Bird life was not noticeable with the exception of one quiet, noisy minor feeding in a gum tree. The reason for the lack of birds could be that the whole area is sparsely populated giving our avian friends a very large area to feed in.

Noisy miner
Noisy Minor.

Noisy miner.
Having a feed.

While this is an out of the way reserve which would only be known by locals, your dog may like a run in a different environment. You too would enjoy a pleasant half an hour walking around this remnant bushland.

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Why? Take your dog for a walk
Where: Wonga Park
Cost: free
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