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Warranwood 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 June 16th 2019
Have a wander through Warranwood
Reserve sign
Denotes the entrance.

This 11 ha. reserve is 100% natural bushland, apart from the wide paths that pass through and around the reserve. The wide well-formed paths can be quite steep in parts which would make them wheel chair unfriendly.

Sealed path.
This sealed section is steeper than it looks.

There are several babbling brooks trickling through the reserve, often widening out to small ponds. No water birds were sighted but they would be very accommodating to frogs.

One of the larger ponds.

Many birds were heard, but the only ones sighted were two magpies, two noisy miners and a rainbow lorikeet.

Noisy miner
One of the miners looking proud of itself.

Rainbow lorikeet
Rainbow lorikeet.

Almost every reserve has one.

Like most suburban parks access is available from several streets surrounding the reserve, a definite advantage to local residents. Part of the reserve is situated in a steep gully with many of the adjacent houses perched on the rim, often with direct access to the reserve. It would be a very peaceful place to reside.

Frequent rest facilities provided.

Surprisingly on a couple of the path's signs indicated that horses were permitted but bicycles were not. There was evidence that horses had used the paths. I wonder if the riders should carry a very large bag!

sign post
Horses this way.

Several areas were fenced off with signs designating them as regeneration areas. This was often noticed by the many new tree plantings, protected by plastic surrounds. There are a few very narrow tracks off the main paths, taking you into untouched bush areas.

One of the regeneration areas

Another regeneration area.

The main entrance off Bemboka Road has a small playground with picnic tables, including one under cover.

The playground and picnic shelter.

My walk was on a weekday and no other recreational persons were seen. At one spot a flash of hi-viz clothing was seen among the vegetation. This was four workpersons (one was a lady) spraying unwanted weeds, helping to keep the reserve in its natural state.

Workers on weed control duties.

In my many wanderings as a WeekendNotes writer, it is pleasing to see how local councils care for the parks and reserves in their bailiwick. Weekend wanderers never see this aspect of what they are enjoying.

A walk in this reserve is recommended to those who put exercise on a par with a bushland experience.
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Where: Bemboka Road, Warranwood. Melways: Map 35 D.9.
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