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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 October 31st 2019
Walk the Walk and Experience the Experience
Uambi, a strange name. It means "Pine Scrub" in an indigenous language. It is truly a unique flora and fauna reserve almost in the heart of Heathmont.

Totally unsuitable for wheelchairs and the mobility challenged with its narrow rough paths seemingly aimlessly meandering through the bush.

bush path
Parts of the path is lined with branches.

wild flower bush
one of the larger specimens.

wildflower close-up.
Close views can be had without leaving the path.

Soon after entering this reserve you encounter a sign proclaiming, "Self Guided Walk." Follow these signs and you will experience an interesting and educational encounter.

guiding sign
Self guided walk sign, good advice.

The seemingly aimlessly meandering path, with the frequent, 'self guided walk' signs transports you through this four hectare reserve passing its many significant features.

Wild flower
A close-up look is rewarding.

Many tall trees abound.

Some of those features are 'The trees of Uambi', The minor gullies of Uambi', The major gully', 'Replanting the old horse paddock', and Help look after the frogs.'

illustrated sign
One of the illustrated informative signs

At each place of interest, a detailed informative and illustrated panel tells the history of what you are looking at.

More wildflowers.

A continual experience in springtime is the large variety of wildflowers along the path.

Wildflowers in the bush
One of the ground level wildflowers.

wildflower bush
A bush full.

Almost in the centre of the reserve, a surprise sight is a park bench, set among an area of bracken ferns. A sign on the seat designates it as a 'bird watching seat.' It is in a small open area and a short rest would give you a rewarding look at birds flying among the tall trees that surround the area.

seat in the bush
The bird watching seat.

A pleasant view.

On my visit few birds were sighted, with only one wattle bird coming within camera range.

Wattle bird
Wattle bird.

A surprise sighting was a kookaburra sitting on a fallen log, just watching something.

The watchful kookaburra

Closer inspection revealed he was on the edge of a frog pond. The frogs were silent but after the kookaburra departed some croaks of relief were heard.

frog sign
Read all about the frogs.

frog pond
The frog pond.

This is a very quiet reserve, but a railway borders one side and the occasional train is heard passing.

wildflower close-up.
Get close to appreciate nature's beauty.

The reserve was donated by the Harper Family to Trust for Nature in 1988. 175 indigenous plants and 87 exotic weeds have been recorded in the reserve and 16 indigenous birds identified.

white wildflowers
one of many.

It is a semi-private reserve, but visitors are welcome and are asked to keep to the signposted paths and leave Fido at home as it is a definite dog free area.

wild flower bush
A mass exhibition.

wildflower close-up.
White is still colourful.

If you miss the springtime wildflowers, it is still worth a visit.
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Where: End of Allens Road, Heathmont. Melways map: 64. B.1.
Cost: free
Your Comment
Dear Neil Follett, I can tell you do not know the names of the flowering natives, that's fine, but please know that 'wildflower 11 A Bush Full, is a terrible weed. It is oxalis and spreads terribly, in this photo it is smothering a lomandra and bracken. Those pretty flowers are spreading the weed right now. Please check before you promote weeds as wildflowers. Great articles otherwise, I love to find local unknown bushlands too
by delin (score: 0|4) 631 days ago
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