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Wurundjeri 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 June 19th 2020
Wander Through the Wurundjeri Wetlands
Wurundjeri Wetlands is also known as the Melbourne Water, Fulton Road Retarding Basin No. 147.

The sign on Fulton Road.

I have found that many of the 200 plus Melbourne Water retarding basins around Melbourne have been developed into recreational areas with formed walking tracks and landscaping. The Wurundjeri Wetlands is no exception.

One of the few open water areas.

The wetlands contain a series of ponds, now mostly overgrown with reeds. On my visit (June 2020) earth works were being carried on one of the ponds, which was fenced off.

large pond.
This is the area where earthworks are taking place. Photographed 2019.

There is a well-formed compacted gravel path circumnavigating the area, which would be friendly to wheelchairs as it is very level. The round walk would cover almost a kilometre.

wide path.
The wide gravel path, suitable for wheelchairs.

Along Fulton Road is an off-road parking area giving easy access to the wetlands.

overgrown pond
Most of the pond is overgrown.

overgrown pond
More reeds.

The area is popular with local residents for walking, jogging and walking the dog as all those activities were observed.

man & dog
Walking the dog.

man & dog
Several bench seats along the path.

A local walker told me that there were many ducks in the area but had departed once the earth works started.

black duck
Swimming among the reflections.

On one of the few open water areas, I was pleased to sight two black ducks, diving for food.

black ducks
Two Black Ducks.

black ducks
One up, one down.

A surprising sight was a White Faced Heron standing knee-deep in one of the ponds.

White faced heron
A stately White Faced Heron.

Among the reeds on the same pond, a Swamphen was fossicking around and deeper into the reeds a Dusky Moorhen was doing the same.

swamp hen
Swamphen among the reeds.

dusky moor hen.
Dusky Moorhen in the reeds.

The only tree-borne bird sighted was a lone Crested Pigeon.

crested pigeon
Crested Pigeon.

A playground at the eastern end of the wetlands, next to Indra Road, has a good range of play items to amuse the young.

The playground with passing walker.

No floral flora were seen but close inspection of native grasses often prove interesting, as does mature gum trees.

native grass
Always worth a close look.

mature tree
Mature gum tree.

The northern path of the wetlands is part of the Wurundjeri Walk which continues over Indra Road and becomes part of the Orchard Grove Reserve.

Wurundjeri Walk sign
Wurundjeri Walk sign.

To combine the Wurundjeri Wetlands, walk and the Orchard Grove Reserve walk would make a very pleasant threesome for walker, dog and wheelchair.

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Why? An easy walk for man and beast.
When: Anytime
Where: Fulton Road, Blackburn South. Melways map: 61. G.3.
Cost: Free
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