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Wombolano 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 9th 2019
Go bush without getting bushed
There is also an entrance from Rotherwood Avenue which has a very small off-street parking area.

Park entrance
The Rotherwood Avenue entrance.

This 7.5 ha reserve is really a hidden forest of natural bushland as 95% of the reserve is almost untouched bushland. The only man-made intrusions would be a small playground, picnic shelter, a toilet block and the gravel paths, both wide and narrow. Some of the paths are steep and would not be suitable for wheelchairs and prams.

Reserve map
An information map is at all entrances.

By following the map at the two main entrances, a short flat trail will lead to the playground and picnic area allowing easy access to the mobility challenged and give them a real bush experience on the way.

Picnic shelter
The playground seen through the picnic shelter.

Incorporated into the many walking paths is the Ringwood Rotary Sensory Trail. This trail is frequently marked with interpretive plaques naming adjacent trees, plants, flowers and butterflies that can be seen in the immediate area. The flower and butterfly sightings would be seasonal.

The start of the sensory trail.

Orchid sign
One of the many illustrative signs on the sensory trail.

Part of the sensory trail passes a small wetlands area with boardwalks to allow a closer inspection. It is the habitat of the common froglet.

Part of the small wetland area as seen from the boardwalk.

The reserve area is described as a remnant forest containing over 120 indigenous plants, which provide the habitat for powerful owls and possums.
Trail path
Part of the sensory trail.

Upon looking up at the top of a long dead tree, I became excited thinking I saw two powerful owls perched upon the upper branches. I did see two of them, but they were very life-like wooden carvings.

One of the wooden owls keeping watch.

Owl tree
The owl tree.

Owl info
Read all about the powerful owl.

An information board in the picnic shelters lists ten different species of birds that can be seen and heard in the reserve. These include the powerful owl, grey butcherbird, crimson rosella, red wattlebird, gang gang cockatoo and kookaburras. On my walk, I heard many, but saw none, apart from the wooden owls.

Reserve trail
There are seats along the many paths.

This reserve is surrounded by suburbia but the only indications of that is where the perimeter paths are close to neighbouring properties and the occasional sound of distant passing traffic.

Dog walker
The perimeter pathway is close to suburbia.

This is an ideal venue if you want to give your children a taste for bush-walking with the reward of a playground on the way.

If you want to go bush without going bush, this is the place for you.
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Where: Wombolano Reserve Canterbury Road, Ringwood East, Melways: Map 50 C.10
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