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Spadoni's Bushland Reserve

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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 January 31st 2019
What has two wide walking tracks, river views and a bridge

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

information board
Just inside the entrance to the reserve an informative sign make interesting reading.

aerial photo of reserve
An aerial photo of the reserve showing its two paths and features.

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.

Yarra River
A view of the Yarra River at the canoe launching site.

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.

The path cut out of the surrounding bush

Yarra River
One of the close up views of the Yarra showing many of the snags that the fishing people encounter.

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 shorter path starts as a grassy path cut through dense reeds.

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

The dry billabong photographed from the bridge spanning it.

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

Native grasses
Some of the 100s of native grasses planted to regenerate the area.

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.
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