I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published July 19th 2019
Nature reserve, you're standing in it
Yarran Dheran is a 7.4 hectare bushland reserve and thoroughly deserving of its nature reserve title. It is situated on the southern bank of the Mullum Mullum Creek. It is a mixture of original indigenous and reconstructed bushland.
Inside the Ashburton Drive entrance is a visitor's centre which is open on Sundays between 2.00 pm and 4.00pm depending on volunteers availability. When closed information brochures can be obtained from an exterior rack. Toilets adjoin the visitors centre.
The reserve entrance leading to the visitors centre.
The area was a stone quarry and then a tip until 1963. The reserve was named Yarran Dheran in 1970, taking its name from the Wurundjeri People, meaning Wattle Gully.
The reserve has numerous paths criss-crossing the area, all named. Yarran Dherran track, Burgan walk, Wildflower walk, Pond walk, Yellow box track, Cherry Ballart walk, Quarry Road track and Schwerkolt track, which follows along the Mullum Mullum Creek to Schwerkolt Cottage, approximately one kilometre away. All the tracks and walks are named on vertical posts.
The reserve is reported to be the home of 84 species of birds. During my two walks through the reserve, I have only observed three. A wattlebird, parrot and several magpies. Others were heard or seen as a fleeting glance.