I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published March 1st 2019
It's the story of a battle, but the walk is no battle
The Battle of Yering took place on 13 January 1840 between some 50 Wurundjeri indigenous tribe members and troopers of the Border Police. The armed conflict was over the capture of the Wurundjeri leader Jaga Jaga. During the conflict shots were exchanged and the Wurundjeri retreated into a nearby billabong.
That area is now known as the Murrup Brarn Yarra Flats Billabongs, only a few hundred metres from the Yarra Glen Township.
The entrance to the Yarra Flats Billabongs over the old Melba Highway bridge.
Information boards are placed along the walks indicating that five species of frogs can be found, or at least heard, in the billabongs and 70 species of plants have been identified in the reserve. With active regeneration of the area it is hoped that wildlife will return.
It is a very easy walk and provides moderate exercise, education and a local history lesson.