Being introduced to this sanctuary on a beautiful spring day was just perfect. It showed off the place in the best possible way. It was so serene and beautiful and uniquely Australian. If you've never visited Australia, or have only visited our cities, then you are truly missing out on the beauty and splendour of our vast country.
I learnt that the land for the sanctuary was originally used for farming and then purchased in 1959 by the state government of Victoria for wildlife research and the management and breeding of bird species threatened in Victoria, including the bush curlew and the brolga. As well as being a sanctuary for birds it also has many types of wetland and is home to lots of plant species as well, such as tall spikerush, tussock grass and the River Red Gums.
Serendip now focuses mainly on environmental education about the flora and fauna of the wetlands and open grassy woodlands of the volcanic Western Plains of Victoria.
It was opened to the public in 1991 and is now managed by Parks Victoria. It was a former employee of the sanctuary that I learnt about this place and he recently took a small group of bird photographers on a tour there.
Below are some of the photos I took on my visit to this sanctuary and I look forward to visiting there again soon, and if you'd like to visit too, then click here.
One of the wetland areas at Serendip Sanctuary