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Thompson Estate Nature Reserve, Inverloch

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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 July 23rd 2022
It's a bush walk without going bush
For a glimpse of what Inverloch looked like before settlement, take a stroll through this woodland reserve.

This short trail will take you through natural bushland, original woodland and low-lying swamp paperbark thickets that once covered the land where Inverloch now stands.

Bush path
All the paths looked like this.

There are many dirt paths meandering through dense bush. Boardwalks are in place for damp areas.

Board walks.
Board walks where needed.

This is a marked nature walk and the South Gippsland Conservation Society pamphlet (available at your local Visitor Information Centre) corresponds to the pegs along the track to provide information on flora and fauna.

Thompson Estate pamphlet.
The pamphlet.

During my walk, I only saw one marker peg, but the locations were easy to identify if you had the information pamphlet.

peg marker
The only peg marker I saw.

I only saw one bird on my walk, a lone magpie perched high in a dead tree. Throughout the reserve, there were many dead trees.

magpie in tree
The only avian sighting.

I encountered three walkers and three dogs along the way, but I think they were locals taking a shortcut. When I said I had only seen one magpie, they remarked that later in the day several kookaburras usually arrived.

Walkers with dogs.
Taking a short cut.

The only colour, flora-wise, was a young wattle tree. Bracken ferns were the dominant flora of ground cover.

Young wattle tree.

Dead bracken fern.
Dead bracken fern.

High up in one tree was what I assumed to be a possum's nest.

possum nest.
Probably a possum nest.

To enjoy the serenity of the reserve the Rotary Club of Inverloch have provided park benches.

Park seats in the bush.

The main entrance is from a small car park on the Inverloch- Lower Tarwin Road, Inverloch.

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Why? It's a short peaceful bush walk.
When: anytime
Where: Inverloch, Victoria.
Cost: Free
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