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Warrandyte River Reserve

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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 September 2nd 2019
Don't Walk, Just Stroll
The Yarra River walk at Warrandyte is about 2.5 kms in length, but I have concentrated on the 1km stretch which passes along the shopping strip.

Welcome to my reserve.

The main path is very wide, level and even. It would be very wheelchair friendly. It would make a very good excursion for anyone wheelchair-bound as it provides magnificent close-up views of the Yarra and quite a few birds along the way.

Riverside path.
The paths are wide.

There are several other paths which follow the water's edge, but they are narrow and slippery in parts.

Narrow path
Part of the narrow path.

Narrow path
Parts of the narrow path can be challenging.

The river views are magnificent; the opposite bank is heavily vegetated with cliffs in many places. While looking across the river it is difficult to comprehend that only twenty or so metres behind you is a busy road and many shops.

Island in Yarra
An island in the stream.

Birdlife was very evident, both in and out of the water, although the only water birds I saw were ducks, but four different species, all in the one spot.

Three ducks
Three ducks a paddling.

Watching ducks
Watching the ducks.

Many pigeons were seen where the ducks were, appearing to be having a drink from the Yarra.

A pigeon thinking it's a duck.

Pigeons in tree.
Pigeons in their office.

The reason for this congregation of birds was that nearby was the Warrandyte Bakery, which makes a good stop along the walk for a coffee and many bakery items. Its large outdoor eating area is a magnet for the pigeons.

The popular bakery.

My walk was on a Monday morning and during that walk I met about twelve people, thirteen dogs, two children and one cyclist. It is a very popular walk.

Cyclist passing walkers.

On a warm sunny weekend day, I would imagine the pedestrian and canine traffic would be like Bourke Street.

Wide path.
The wide path is very evident.

Along the walk there are many park bench seats enabling a rest and a soothing look at the passing river.

In a couple of places, the river depth became shallow and produced small rapids. I was amused to see two duck 'surfing' the rapids.

Riverside path.
Approaching the bridge over the Yarra River.

Almost every park, reserve or walk I visit, a constant sighting is the noisy miners. The Warrandyte walk was no exception and their feeding habits are very enjoyable to watch.

Noisy miner.
Intriguing to watch.

I had heard several kookaburras laughing in the distance and was bemoaning the fact that I didn't see any. Rounding a slight bend, there was one sitting nicely on a sign, reminding me where I was.

I've found something to eat.

There is plenty of off-road parking available in several car parks between the road and the river, including many disabled spots.

On two locations along the walk are nearby toilets, including disabled ones.

A riverside splash of colour.

Warrandyte itself is a very good destination to spend some quality time. There are many speciality shops and many cafes and restaurants, not to mention the popular Grand Hotel.

Many dogs.
The dog's day out.

What better way to finish your meal than a pleasant after lunch walk along the nearby Yarra.
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Where: Warrandyte River Reserve, Heidelberg Warrandyte Road, Warrandyte. Melways map 23. F.11.
Cost: Free
Your Comment
What a great way to spend your days Neil, wandering around all these beautiful reserves. Nice to see the wide paths. I live near a reserve with the wide shared paths and it is well used by older folks on the motorised scooters. Without places like this they wouldn't be able to enjoy a "stroll" in nature.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|8098) 647 days ago
You can combine this lovely walk with a perusal of the excellent and varied market stalls spread along the path on every 1st Sat of the month.
by Clive (score: 1|88) 651 days ago
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