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Yarrabing 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 September 19th 2019
Three Ways to find it, but all Worth While
There are three ways to enter the Yarrabing Wetlands. Direct, a short walk along the Dandenong Creek or a longer walk, crossing over the Dandenong Creek.

Yarrabing Wetlands is just under two hectares in size but packs a lot into it. It is part of the Dandenong Creek floodplain and two meanders of the creek passed through the area before being replaced by a straight channel in the 1960s.

Magnolia Street.

This is a short no-through street that ends next to the wetlands. There is only limited street parking there.

Juniper Road.

Is also a no through road with limited parking at the end. A short walking path leads you to the walking/cycling path along the Dandenong Creek. Turn left and a short walk will take you to the wetlands.

Along the short walk to the wetlands are two large boulders with beautifully painted scenes, illustrating the importance of the area to local flora & fauna.

Rock art
One of the boulder paintings.

Abbey Walk.

Melways map 63. 3. D.

This is the most interesting way to visit the wetlands. There is ample parking along Abbey Walk and a sealed path leads to a bridge crossing the Dandenong Creek. Turn left and follow the walking/bicycle path for about 700 metres. Beware of cyclists as it is a very popular path.

The bridge over Dandenong Creek from Abbey Walk.

You will follow the Dandenong Creek and pass under Eastlink, (no tolls payable) and you are there.

walking path,
The creek side path passes under Eastlink.

The paths through the area are wide, level, compacted gravel and would be wheelchair friendly. By parking in Abbey Walk, the journey to and through the wetlands would be very picturesque. The only slight hurdle would be over the curved bridge over the creek, but the extra effort will be worthwhile.

Very wide path.

At the entrance to the wetlands is a small pond which seems to be a favourite resting spot for the local ducks.

Duck standing guard at the entrance.

There are several small ponds throughout, some with open water and others reed-filled. Croaking frogs could be heard in some of the reed-filled ones, with nearby waiting ducks, perhaps in expectation of lunch.

One of the small ponds.

Dominant in the wetlands are several tall manna gums remnants of the former riparian forest that dominated the area.

Manna gum
One of the magnificent manna gums.

The yellow blast of colour throughout the wetlands in the form of wattle trees reminded us that spring was here.

Wattle trees
Yellow everywhere.

Close up is better.

Being springtime, wildflowers were starting to emerge, several being sighted.


Flowering bush
Flowering bush.

More wildflowers.

Birdlife was aplenty with six different species. Birdlife in parks and reserves seem to be more prolific when near a water source. Being wetlands ducks were the most numerous species seen, and surprisingly, the only waterbirds present.

Flying duck
Airborne duck.

One lone sulphur crested cockatoo announced its presence by cockatoo's usual screeching as if to say, "I'm here, photograph me."


Several miners and one myna were observed. The noisy miners opted for the trees, while the Indian myna has happy in the grass.

Noisy miner
Noisy miners are always entertaining.

Indian myna
This Indian myna preferred the grass.

Another noisy bird is the rainbow lorikeet. Several descended into a tree above my head and preceded to noisily feed on something.

Rainbow lorikeets
A tree full of rainbow lorikeets.

A couple of pigeons nicely positioned themselves in a tree and started to preen themselves.

Pigeons in tree.
A pigeon pair.

A nesting box was noticed high up in a large gum tree. Nice to see.

Nesting box
The nesting box, not Ned Kelly.

Although small this wetland is worth a visit, if only for the journey to get there from Abbey Walk.
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Where: Yarrabing Wetlands. Wantirna. Melways map: 63. 3. F.
Cost: free
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Love the birdlife.
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