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Wandana Reserve, Mooroolbark

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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 June 1st 2020
Wander into Wandana
reserve sign
We are here.

This would be one of several hundred suburban parks which boast a small playground, and Wandana Reserve is just that, plus a lot more.

The small playground.

It has three small ponds, all almost filled with reeds and rushes, some over two metres tall.

These are interesting up close.

rush head
Even more interesting closer.

I visited this reserve over a year ago during a long dry spell and there was no visible water in the ponds. As there is not a watercourse flowing through the reserve, the ponds depend on rain and local drainage to fill.

Several of these were growing in one pond.

The largest pond had some open water present and colourful flora was abundant in the shallows. Any groundwater often rewards close inspection of many small aquatic plants which add interest to any walk, unless pure exercise is your motivation to keep moving and not 'smell the roses', so to speak.

The largest pond.

flowers in water
Many of these growing in the shallows.

flowering bush
Close-up shows their beauty.

No waterbirds were seen, with the only avian activity several magpies and noisy miners.

magpie in tree
Watching over things.

noisy miner
It looks an angry bird.

The reserve is maintained with frequent mowing of the open grass areas and all the other landscaped areas are mulched and attractive to the eye.

A pleasant path to tread.

It was pleasing to see hundreds of new plantings of native grasses, shrubs and trees, mainly around the perimeter of the reserve.

new plantings
Some of the many new plantings.

These new plantings blend in well with the abundance of mature trees scattered around the reserve and in a few years will become almost an urban forest, making a gentle stroll more enjoyable.

On a previous visit, several dogs were observed taking their owners for a walk, which is one of the many benefits of local parks and reserves.

walker and child.
Wait for me.

A compacted gravel path roughly circumnavigates the perimeter. It is level and very suitable for wheelchairs. A path around the largest pond would give a close up look to the wheelchair-bound. In wet weather, the paths around the ponds become a little wet and muddy.

The paths look inviting.

There are several 'islands' of mature trees and new plantings scattered throughout the reserve giving the impression that it is bigger than it is.

The small playground at one end of the reserve is very popular with local children, while their parents enjoy an adjacent bench seat to watch their offspring enjoying themselves.

Sitting and watching.

While this reserve is mainly for the benefit of local residents any other visitors will experience an enjoyable stroll around the many paths.

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Why? Good for a stroll in the park
When: anytime
Where: Wandana Crescent, Mooroolbark. Melways map: 37. E.8.
Cost: Free
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As always, enjoying your pics.
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