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The Pines Flora and Fauna Reserve

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Published May 19th 2014
A rare piece of Aussie bush in the suburbs
The Pines Flora and Fauna Reserve is a sharp contrast to the George Pentland Botanic Gardens with its manicured gardens which once made up a 9 hole golf course, it is lush and green and very tamed, providing play equipment for children, a pond for reflection and barbeque facilities. To see more visit Lorraine's article. It's well worth a visit

George Pentland Botanic Gardens
The gates to George Pentland Botanic Gardens on the Corner of Williams and Foot Streets, Frankston


The Pines Flora and Fauna Reserve doesn't offer the refinements of a manicured garden but it's beauty is no less striking.

The Pines Flora and Fauna Reserve
Native beauty that is breath taking


It is a huge area of 238.4ha. Originally the area was to be a pine plantation and then a sand quarry but was saved by the locals who protested strongly for its preservation. The same locals that still can be found walking the various tracks but who now talk of the tragedy of the Peninsular that divided the park into two sections.

The Pines Flora and Fauna Reserve
Some of the paths are sandy and some have gravel like this one


I visited the side of the park between the Pennisula Link Freeway and the Frankston Freeway. I gained entry via the Warrawee Circuit gate, a small laneway between residential houses. There is a second entry point however in Excelsior Drive that has a carpark for off street parking.

In spite of the well maintained walking paths it feels as though you are making your way through original shrub lands like it might have once been a long time ago. We met many people walking both with and without their dogs who were on leads, and a suprising number of parents with their teenage children. The views from the seated lookout were spectacular.

The Pines Flora and Fauna Reserve
A spectacular view can been seen of Melbourne CBD from this lookout


The walks are well signposted and if you get yourself turned around, googlemaps via your mobile device make it easy enough to orientate yourself.

The Pines Flora and Fauna Reserve
OK I must admit it this chair was a very welcome site on our walk!


If you like the sense of being in the wilderness without having to travel far this might be a good place to visit.
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Why? If you like the sense of being in the wilderness without having to travel far this might be a good place to visit.
When: Open 24/7
Where: Pedestrian access to the reserve is via walking tracks on Tamerisk Drive, Excelsior Drive and Warrawee Circuit
Cost: Free
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