You can walk, mountain bike and visit the hamlet towns, as so many do on Mount Dandenong. Don't let the cold weather deter you. Even though winter is on our doorstep, on a fine cool day, make for the hills. What better way to spend a chilly day, than with family or friends having a barbecue and the kids playing happily.
There's plenty of space to run, with great facilities in a superb scenic location all framed by neighbouring forests. There is a well made playground for the little-ones, and plenty of room for balls games or frisbee, kite flying or any kind of imagined games you can think of. The grounds have been very well kept for many decades, and the variety of bushes and trees create a delightful scene at any time of year. For information from the Victorian Parks website click here.
There are 2 covered picnic areas and 2 uncovered-in addition there are picnic tables set at random around the grounds. There are both electric barbeques and wood barbeques. Wood is supplied in wooden boxes adjacent to the devices.
Sheltered barbeque and picnic facilities at Silvan Reservoir.
There is plenty of parking in 2 separate car parks, and each has good access to the covered and uncovered areas. Would you believe there are 2 amenity blocks too and you might wonder if Noah had a hand in the construction process.
The information board at the top car park shows a few of the walking paths near the reservoir, and some leading into the nearby hills. You can reach Kalorama, and the Olinda Creek Track heading towards Mount Evelyn, within a few kilometres. If you choose to walk any steeper tracks at this time of year, note that you may slip over very easily on the compacted clay surface. Wear good walking boots to be sure, and walk to the side on leaves and sticks in such conditions.
The Olinda Creek Trail and other great walking tracks are just a few hundred meters away.
There is a great deal of wildlife to be seen too, if you take a walk, you may see wedge-tail eagles, sulphur-crested cockatoos, yellow-tailed black cockatoos, wallabies, rosellas just to name a few. It is always more thrilling to see wildlife roaming free. Perhaps a secret lyrebird location will be divulged next time.
On some tracks close to Silvan, lyre birds can be seen often at about dusk.
A drought in 1914 prompted the search for a suitable site, to increase Melbourne's water supply. Construction commenced in 1926, and about 200 men were involved and it was was completed and officially opened July 7th, 1931.
Apart from being an integral part of Melbourne's water supply, it forms a wonderful venue for people to enjoy some of the things that make Australia what it is.
The easiest way to find the reservoir, is to exit East Link and travel along Canterbury Road. Turn right at the second round about. Turn right at the next roundabout and there will be signage about 5 kilometers along. It is that easy. So plan a day to see the hills from scenic Silvan Reservoir.
Firewood in usuable size pieces, bring matches and fire-lighters.