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Warrien 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 July 20th 2019
No need to bush bash, the paths are there

This is a 5.3 hectare reserve that has something for everyone. A playground with carved wooden animals, large undercover sheltered picnic tables, a BBQ, genuine bushwalks, off lead dog area, wildflower displays in spring, off street parking and toilet facilities.

Picnic shelter
The picnic shelter with play ground beyond.

The possum in the play ground.

Next to the sheltered picnic tables is a shaded grassed area with more picnic tables.

Picnic tables.
The large shaded area with picnic tables.

Between the play area and the bush walk is a large expanse of grass, where dogs can run free while their owners can sit in a small shelter and watch.

Off leash and on leash.

Next to the afore mentioned shelter are two totem poles featuring animals and birds carved into long dead tree trunks.

Totem pole
One of the carved totem poles.

Along one side of the grassy off-lead area, a magnificent row of gum trees line the walking path, with many branches overhanging the path which gives a being in the bush feeling without being in the bush.

Couple walking
A couple enjoying a walk in the winter sunshine.

Also enjoying the sunshine.

The paths are wide and compacted gravel and mostly very level, ideal for wheel chairs and the mobility challenged.

Bush pathway
The paths are wide, solid and suitable for wheelchairs.

Along the main path are seven numbered posts, describing the area adjacent to them. There was a board detailing the areas, but that has been removed pending some improvements being carried out.

Sugar gums.
Post #1 indicates a row of sugar gums.

The circular bush walk is approximately one kilometre in length and winds through the dense bush, passing the Everard Wildflower Sanctuary section which is fenced to protect the flora, and is marked by number three post. Local residents report that wildflowers are also abundant throughout other parts of the reserve in spring.

The bridge leading to the wildflower sanctuary.

There are two designated frog habitats along the bush walk, marked by numbered posts four and six.

Walking dogs
Local resident and her two dogs.

There is a stand of very tall gum trees which is quite spectacular as they are not surrounded by other growth.

Tall trees
The stand of very tall gum trees.

There have been ten species of birds, seven species of mammals and three species of frogs observed in the reserve. On my three walks, I have spotted several parrots and wattlebirds.

A parrot having a feed.

Red Wattlebird.

It is very popular with dogs taking their owners for walks. On my visits dog walkers have outnumbered the non-dog walkers and no joggers were seen, so the local population must all be fit.

Man and dog seen through trees.

Like most suburban parks and reserves, access can be gained from many of the surrounding streets.

Lady walking dog.
The dog has found something.

This reserve is worth seeking out for a BBQ picnic with children, who can happily play while lunch is being cooked and then a relatively short bush walk to disperse any calories gained from lunch. It is also ideal to bring the family dog to also enjoy the facilities.

Thr reserve walk map.

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Where: Warrien Reserve Warrien Road, Croydon North. Melways map: 36 K.11
Cost: Free
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