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Rowville Lakes

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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 June 11th 2020
They are Two Lakes Short
brick fence
The entrance on Stud Road.

Rowville Lakes are three lakes in the Lakes Estate, which runs between Stud Road and Bridgewater Way in Rowville. The best place to park is in Bridgewater Way, as it has dedicated parking lanes marked.

lake & reeds
View of lake through foliage.

The three lakes are named, Cogley, Sutton and Hill. Surrounding streets are named Huron Close, Ontario Place, Michigan Place, Erie Avenue and Superior Avenue. These are the names of the Great Lakes between Canada and the USA.

lake view
Looking across lake with native grasses in foreground.

I was expecting the Rowville Lakes to be named after the Great Lakes of North America, but I guess they were two lakes short.

Lakes sign
The Lakes sign.

You cannot walk around these lakes as on one side of each lake, houses back onto them, giving residents exclusive lake access.

dog walker
Walking the dog at lake edge, with houses backing onto the other side of lake.

However, walking paths follow the shoreline on the other sides, plus other paths through some grassed areas.

Girls walking dogs
Girls walking dogs along lakeside path.

The paths are wide and flat with no hilly bits. They are either compacted gravel or sealed, making them wheelchair friendly.

wide path.
The wide, flat paths are evident.

My walk was on a weekday afternoon when I encountered locals taking a walk, mothers with babes in pushers, several people walking their dogs and some just sitting on the many seats, admiring the views across the lakes.

couple walking
Quick march.

Enjoying the view.
Sitting, walking and watching.

Fishing is permitted in the lakes and it is reported that rainbow trout, redfin and carp are residents of the lake. Catchable sized rainbow trout are released into the lakes prior to school holidays.

A hopeful angler.

Flora is abundant in the form of many trees, shrubs and native grasses. Several willow trees along the lake edge had still retained their autumn colouring. A real surprise was a flowering gum, in full flower, adding a bright spot against the green foliage.

flowering gum
In full bloom.

Several small stands of reeds are growing on the lake edges or in shallow water. Small specimens and their reflections make nice photographs.

reed reflection.
A very pleasing image.

These are also picturesque.

Lakes usually mean water birds and all three lakes had some, both in the water and on land.

coot swimming
Coot coming in.

The most numerous were Coots, with some thirty noticed in the water diving for food or on land foraging in the grass. They seemed oblivious to passing humans.

A pair of Coots.

Coots on grass.
Coots foraging on grass with one Dusty Moorhen.

Of lesser number were several Dusky Moorhens. On one occasion, two seagulls paid a flying visit, easily mixing with the other birds.

Dusky moorhen
Dusky Moorhen.

One of the visiting seagulls.

A couple of the ever-present Noisy Miners were feeding in the trees, displaying their feeding techniques which is always a joy to watch.

noisy miner in tree
A feeding Noisy Miner.

Ground feeders seen were several Mudlarks and Magpies. Surprisingly only two ducks were seen, as they usually outnumber all other water birds.


The three lakes, although named, are classified by Melbourne Water as "Rowville Lakes Retarding Basins, number 128, 129 & 130."
retarding basin sign.
One of the three retarding basin signs.

There is a small playground in the area between the lakes. Children will also love seeing so many birds up close as they swim past or feed on the lake edges.

The small playground.

For those who like easy, short walks with water views, visiting these three lakes is almost a must, particularly for those wheelchair-bound.

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Why? An easy walk for man and beast.
When: anytime
Where: Bridgewater Way, Rowville. Melways map: 72. J.11. & 73. A.12.
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Another great walk. Adding it to the list. Stunning photography as always.
by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (score: 3|6091) 787 days ago
Thank you for introducing me to yet another great place to add to my walking list.
by susan (score: 1|22) 785 days ago
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