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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.
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.
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.
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.