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Silvan Reservoir Park

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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 November 23rd 2019
A dam good place for a picnic
Entrance sign
The sign at the entrance.

The Silvan Reservoir was built during the late 1920s and opened in 1931. Most Victorian reservoirs boast well-maintained public picnic areas and Silvan is no exception.

Silvan dam aerial.
A recent aerial photo of Silvan Reservoir. The green area at bottom centre is the picnic area.

It has large expanses of green grassy slopes, where you can enjoy an open air picnic, or use one of the many picnic tables provided throughout the park.

picnic in progress
A secluded shady spot.

Single trees are planted throughout the grassed area, giving plenty of opportunities on a hot day to spread out the picnic blankets and enjoy a shady picnic.

Trees & picnic tables.
Single trees & single tables are throughout the park.

There are several undercover picnic shelters, some with BBQ facilities available. Several small alcoves in amongst some treed areas with picnic tables give the feeling of a private open air dining room.

Picnic in progress.
A picnic in progress.

These small areas are very popular for family gatherings and groups.

Picnic alcove
Almost a private picnic area.

All areas of the park are criss-crossed with wide sealed paths, with some steep areas.

park path
One of the wide paths.

For the wheelchair bound or mobility impaired, parking in the lower car park will give easier mobility as that area is relatively flat. There are two modern toilet blocks in the park, with disabled access.

Grassy field
Plenty of room to run and play.

Near the lower car park is a small playground with nearby picnic tables.

Play ground
The play ground with nearby picnic tables.

Plenty of bird life can be observed. Crimson rosellas are often seen ground feeding.

crimson rosella
A crimson rosella fossicking for food.

One of my visits was a weekday with very few visitors. My reward was seeing two mother ducks closely watching her brood.

Ducks & ducklings
Mother duck and her growing family.

In the almost manicured gardens within the park were several splashes of colour in the form of azaleas and rhododendrons.

Very colourful azalea.

A rhododendron bloom.

Several wattles were among the majority gum trees, with some in full bloom.

Wattle tree
A recently blown over wattle tree.

My latest visit was on a warm sunny Sunday with many groups enjoying BBQs. Near one group, a kookaburra was perched on a nearby tree, perhaps hoping to be invited.

Kookaburra watching.

What the kookaburra was watching.

Silvan Reservoir is bordered on the western side by the Dandenong Ranges National Park. The Stonyford Creek Nature Walk entered into the area, but was closed several years ago due to unsafe footbridges. That is a pity as it was a walk through untouched bush.

Walk entrance
The start of the now fenced off nature walk.

Famous Australian landscape artist, Arthur Streeton, (later Sir Arthur) painted Silvan Reservoir from the lookout in Kalorama. An illustrated board showing that painting is situated near the eastern end of the dam wall.

Streeting painting
Arthur Streeton's painting.

Silvan Reservoir Park is definitely a destination location to visit if you enjoy an outdoor DIY picnic.
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Why? An ideal picnic spot for young and old.
Where: Stonyford Road, Silvin. Melways map 120. G.12.
Cost: free
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