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Wicks 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 October 2nd 2019
Almost a bush walk without really going bush
The reserve is named in memory of the Wicks family who settled there in 1877.

Reserve entrance
The entrance from the Basin-Olinda Road.

Historically, the land around the Dandenong Ranges is the traditional land of the Wurundjeri People. Prior to European settlement, small family groups of the Wurundjeri moved with the seasons across the Dandenong valley for perhaps 1000 generations.

There is an off-road car park, a very clean toilet block with colourful exterior decorations.

Toilet block
The colourful toilet block.

A small playground adjacent to a large undercover area with BBQ and picnic tables and seats which is said to accommodate up to 75 people.

Picnic shelter
The large picnic shelter.

On a hot summer's day, it would be an ideal location for a large family gathering. There is also a small undercover picnic area.

Play ground
The small play ground.

Nice, as the above is, I came for the walk, the wildflowers and the birds.

Wildflowers in the bush
A large display of wildflowers.

Up close is rewarding.

The reserve around 4.22 ha. and has very diverse areas. You will find areas designated as swamps, woodland, herb rich, lowland forest, wet heath-land, grassy forest and lowland.

Budding wildflower.

My visit was in early spring and most wildflowers were found close to the car park, although there were others scattered throughout the bush.

Always nice close up.

Evident in every reserve or walk that I explore is the weed known as Angled Onion, so called because of its onion odour. It is prolific and does look nice, but is considered a pest.

Angled onion
Looks nice, but considered a weed.

Despite the size of the reserve I sighted no birds, except for the occasional few flitting through the foliage but not landing. I'm sure that on a future visit I would be rewarded.

It is an on-leash area for dogs.

Man & dog.
Only one man & one dog encountered.

The road into the car park continues through the reserve and exits in Wicks Road. This road and a boardwalk starting near the toilet block would be the only areas suitable for wheelchairs.

The board walk.

There are many narrow paths through the bush giving the feeling of solitude and isolation

Bush pathway
One of the narrow paths.

If you like your bushwalks in solitude, this one should suit you as it's a little out of the way and appeared to be little used, although well maintained by Knox council.
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Where: Basin- Olinda Road, The Basin
Cost: Free
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