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