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Wurundjeri Walk

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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 December 7th 2019
Wurundjeri Walk travels through the Orchard Grove Reserve. To the original inhabitants, the Wurundjeri people, this land was their home. The dense forest of gum trees and long grasses, meandering creeks and rivers provided them with all their needs of food, water, shelter and a spiritual connection to the land.

Walk sign
The start from Orchard Road.

When European settlement came in the 1860s, most of the area became orchards. Today ,the distance along the circular Wurundjeri Walk is around two kms and the wide asphalt and gravel paths are very flat and would make a wonderful experience for the wheelchair bound.

wide path
The wide paths are easy to navigate.

The reserve is quite open with many stands of mature gum trees in landscaped areas planted with low growing shrubs and native grasses.

stand of gum trees.
One of the stands of gum trees with picnic table at left.

native grass
Close up of one of the native grasses.

In some of the landscaped areas, native flowers were evident, planted rather than growing wild.


kangaroo apple
Kangaroo apple.

tea tree
One of the tea tree species.

There are many open grassy areas. The walk is very popular with dog owners, taking their family pooch for a walk. My visit, on a warm summer's day, encountered about 18 people and seven dogs.

dog walker.
Very popular with dogs.

Man & dog.
A man and his dog. If you look closely a magpie is flying past them.

You don't need a dog to enjoy the walk.

A small creek meanders through the reserve and the walk crosses it in several places over small bridges, which adds to the interest on this walk. There was a little water in some parts of the creek, but it appeared stagnant and not sufficient to attract any water birds.

creek bridge
One of the bridges in a shady part of the walk.

group walking
A group of walkers about to cross one of the bridges.

The main avian activity was the ubiquitous noisy miner.

Noisy miner
A nice pose.

Three crested pigeons were encountered fossicking on one of the gravel paths, frequently displaying their fan tails, before heading for the safely of nearby trees.

crested pigeons
Three crested pigeons fossicking.

A couple of wattle birds were seen, but unfortunately among some heavy foliage or back to the camera.

Wattle bird
One of the wattle birds seen.

Wattle bird
Not my best angle.

At the start of the walk, at Orchard Road, is a playground with an adjacent drinking fountain for both man and dog.

Play ground
The play ground.

The only other facility on the walk were frequent park benches to stop and enjoy this peaceful walk. There are also several picnic tables and benches.

A pelargonium growing near the car park.

There is a small car park at the end of Orchard Road. The reserve is not fenced and there are numerous access points from adjoining streets. On the other side of the car park is Mirrabooka Oval, which in the appropriate season you could watch grassroots cricket or football.

Entering from one of the many access points.

A very pleasant hour could be spent wandering around the Wurundjeri Walk.
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Where: 109 Orchard Grove, Blackburn South VIC 3130
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