Settlers Orchard Reserve

Settlers Orchard Reserve

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Posted 2019-06-17 by Neil Follettfollow


This is one of several reserves in the Croydon Hills area. Settlers Orchard is the smallest with its main feature being a small lake which is home to many ducks.

As I approached the lake on a fine Sunday morning, I counted 24 ducks taking in the sun and feeding on the verdant verge of the lake. Several more of the species were happily swimming around on the lake.



There is a wide compacted gravel pathway around the reserve. Although a little undulating it would be suitable for wheelchairs. There is a small fenced viewing platform on one side of the lake allowing close up views of any swimming ducks. Access to the platform is across a short steepish grassy bank, which would be unsuitable for wheelchairs.


Many mature gum trees are growing around the perimeter of the lake, which on a still day gives some lovely reflections in the still water.




A passing duck, in swim mode, will cause ripples in the water, but it soon returns to smooth.


Like most small suburban parks and reserves it is popular with local residents and their dogs. I met three people and three dogs out for a Sunday stroll. Most dog owners are on for a chat, particularly about their canine friends. Since writing for WeekendNotes, my dog identification has improved, except for spotting caboodles and other derivations of a very busy poodle.


The lake was recently drained and desilted with many of the accumulated reeds removed. No doubt any of the resident ducks would have approved of the renovations to their watery abode.


A small playground at the Croydon Hills Road entrance will keep any young ones happy while their minders can sit and watch their antics or enjoy a picnic on the adjacent picnic bench and seats.



It is a pleasant spot for a gentle walk and a short break if you are in the area.

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138199 - 2023-06-13 14:24:44

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