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Wandinong Sanctuary

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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 November 3rd 2019
Hard to See, but Easy to Find
Wandinong Sanctuary. Canterbury Road, Blackburn Melways map: 61. K.1.

Like thousands of others, I have driven past this reserve hundreds of times, only occasionally noticing the sign.

Sanctuary sign
The sign on Canterbury Road.

The best point of entry is from Ronley Street, where parking is no problem. To park on Canterbury is dangerous.

Reserve entrance
The sign and entrance in Ronley Street.


The area was gifted by the Hooke family to the former City of Nunawading in 1968. When entering the sanctuary from Ronley Street, you will notice many trees with a metal sign at their base. Closer inspection reveals a name and date cut out of the metal.

trees
Some of the trees with signs.

To commemorate the birth of each of her 20 grandchildren, Mrs Hooke planted a tree on the land facing Ronley Street. These have been marked with the name and date of birth of the relevant grandchild.

metal sign
Gwendolyn's sign.

There are many paths through the two hectare sanctuary and the main one of compacted gravel would be suitable for wheelchairs. Any sloping areas are only gentle.

Walker in the woods
The main path is wide.

I was looking for wildflowers and many isolated examples were seen.

Wild flower
Wildflower.


red wildflower
Many of the wildflowers were only one bloom.

On two sides of the sanctuary, housing is only a couple of metres from the boundary. There is an almost undefined grass perimeter track along these areas and many wildflowers were in this area.

wild flower bush
Close up increases viewing pleasure.

Many birds were seen and heard. Noisy miners were the most predominant species seen, and most definitely heard. I was pleased when three landed on an exposed branch almost above me.

Noisy miner
A quiet noisy miner.


trio of miners
A trio of noisy miners quietly sitting.

A couple of rainbow lorikeets were seen and photographed. In groups, these birds are sometimes noisier than noisy miners.

Rainbow lorikeet
Rainbow lorikeet.


Rainbow lorikeet
It was a real poser.

A few wattle birds seen but were very elusive, photographically speaking.

Wattle bird
One of the elusive wattle birds.

A friend of the sanctuary was observed de-weeding an area. When asked if there were any fauna in the area, she replied, "Only bush rats. As there are no creeks running through the area there is no corridor for others to arrive."

Wild flower
Wild flower.


Wildflowers in the bush
Small but colourful.

Dogs are welcome in the sanctuary and are catered for by several taps and rock formed drinking bowls. Dog must be on a leash.

tap and bowl
For thirsty canines.


white wildflower
White but nice.

If your walk is tiring, and it shouldn't be, or you just wish to sit and appreciate what is around you, there are several seats scattered around the sanctuary. They are the only facility there.

Pathway
Wide path.


Wild flower
A fluffy one.

Literally in the middle of suburban Blackburn it is a pleasing relaxing walk for local residents and anyone else lucky to find it.

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Why? A pleasant walk
Where: Canterbury Road, Blackburn. Melways map 61. K.1.
Cost: free
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