Spadoni's Bushland Reserve

Spadoni's Bushland Reserve


Posted 2019-02-01 by Neil Follettfollow

at the end of Victoria Road in Yering is located next to the Yarra River, with stunning views of the Christmas Hills.

There are two walking trails within the reserve. The left one is a 1.7km trail consisting of a quite wide compacted gravel path. Definitely an all-weather one. It is flat and would be easily negotiated by a wheelchair.

It touches on the banks of the Yarra in a few spots and a canoe launching site has been built, along with a couple of seats giving river views while resting.

Most of the path appears to have been cut through the bush, which gives a feeling of isolation, especially if you don't meet other walkers. My first walk around this circuit was on a week-day which would account for the lack of traffic.

A shorter right track starts as a mown grass path cut through a dense area of reeds until it comes to a wooden bridge across a billabong, after which it reverts to a wide compacted gravel one. The grass track would be unsuitable for wheelchairs, unless you have a very strong pusher.

The billabong was dry and only fills when river levels are high.

Over the years, improvement works have been done on the wetlands and billabongs. Along with revegetation of indigenous species.

My walk along this path was on a weekend and I encountered three people and three dogs, one of which was introduced to me as Macedonian Shepherd, a breed I had not heard of.

Before I entered one of the circuits, I met a family equipped with fishing rods and optimistically a landing net. Asked if they had caught anything, the reply was, "Only snags." It would appear they would be having sausages instead of fish for dinner.

Occasionally the serenity of the reserve can be shattered by the overhead roar of a radio-controlled model aircraft from the flying field next door.

Apart from about three benches and the canoe launching site, there are no other facilities in the reserve. There is a small car park just before entering the reserve.

While not particularly scenic, the walks around Spadoni's Reserve lets you see what the area probably looked like in much earlier times and is a very peaceful short walk.

198268 - 2023-06-16 04:35:30


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