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Winton Wetlands

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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 3rd 2019
Come by foot or come by bike, you will love it
The entrance to these wetlands is from the Dandenong Creek Trail, crossing the bridge over the Dandenong Creek from Abbey Walk.

Wetlands sign
The entrance is nearby.

The area contains many ponds and damp depressions, many covered with reeds and grasses.

An interesting tree.

It is not a particularly peaceful walk around the wetlands as from many ponds the croaking sounds of numerous frogs give a continuous wall of sound. They are always heard but not seen.

Grassy pond
This was a very noisy pond.

Bird life was a bonus to the frogs. Noisy miners always seem to make an appearance, entertaining the watcher to their feeding antics.

Noisy miner
This one was content to sit and watch.

A very colourful rosella perched nicely on a dead tree branch for a few seconds, allowing a good photo, before decamping.

A resting rosella.

On a distant gum tree, a rainbow lorikeet kindly displayed its colourful plumage for all to see.

Rainbow lorikeet
A watchful rainbow lorikeet.

No pond would be complete without some ducks. Two black ducks were floating without movement on the larger pond, seemingly oblivious to the cacophony of croaking frogs in the same pond. Perhaps the ducks were silently waiting for dinner.

black ducks
Just waiting.

Obviously the frogs were oblivious to the fact that they may be on the ducks menu.

Viewing platform
The viewing platform

Just inside the entrance to the wetlands is a covered rest area, situated no doubt to give respite to the many passing cyclists, as the walk around the wetlands is not exhausting.

Rest area
A passing cyclist having a rest.

The paths are gravel but level and would give a good experience to wheelchairs. Overlooking the pond, where the ducks were patiently waiting for dinner, is a viewing platform giving a close up look at the pond.

Viewing platform
Another view of the viewing platform.

If you are riding the Dandenong Creek Trail, it is worthwhile taking a break to wander around this wetland.

He's missed the entrance.

It's a pleasant walk to see and hear nature at play.
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Where: Vermont Melways map: 63. D.3.
Cost: free
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I'm always surprised that I can hear what seems to be hundreds of frogs in a wetlands and yet not see a single one.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|8042) 387 days ago
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