A young married mother of two who loves art, adventures and getting out there!! Oh, and also a good drop of red can't hurt.
Published June 15th 2012
Living in the outer Eastern suburbs of Melbourne has it's perks. The new cafes' popping up everywhere, the updated shopping centres and the beautiful parks- great for the kids and family. I must admit though, what I love the most about the outer eastern suburbs are the hidden gems. The places where only the locals would really know about (without the 'outsiders' doing the research). I speak of course of the stunning Yarran Dheran Reserve.
Mullum Mullum Creek (Nick Carson, Wikimedia Commons)
Yarran Dheran Reserve is located in Mitcham on the border of Donvale, on the banks of the Mullum Mullum Creek. The park comprises 7.2 hectares and hosts a mix of remnant and regenerative bushland, and many native species of wildlife, particularly birds. The Mullum Mullum Creek Trail runs through the park and there are many small unsealed bush tracks through the native bushland. Whether you prefer to walk the track or jump on the push bike, you will be sure to get a wonderful dose of our gorgeous bushland- without being overcrowded by too many visitors.
Many people may know of Schwerkolt Cottage, situated approximately 2km from the area known as Yarran Dheran (formally Mullum Mullum Creek) but fail to take a wander 'down stream'. For those who do, please be prepared for an overwhelming array of ecology to discover and enjoy, ranging from over 85 species of Birds in Yarran Dheran including; Australian Magpies, Grey Fantail, the Noisy Miner, the Eastern Yellow Robin and the Eastern Silvereyes to the amazing assortment of native flora incuding species of Wattles such as Silver Wattle (Acacia dealbata) and Blackwood (Acacia melanoxylon), and wattles that flower during spring such as; Prickly Moses (Acacia verticillata) and Black Wattle (Acacia meatnsii).
A number of species of Orchids can also be found in Yarran Dheran including; Wax-lip orchid (Glassodia major), Bluebeard Caladenia (Caladeniadeformis) and the Spider Orchid. The creeper; Purple coral-pea (Hardenbergia violacea) which was once prevalent throughout the surrounding hills, to the extend that they were known as the purple hills, can also be found around the park.
Echidnas have been spotted, and don't forget to keep a look out for koalas. They used to live in the Mullum Mullum Valley and a small colony was re-established there. They are frequent visitors, although be aware that during Spring Magpies are known to attempt to swoop visitors as well as the resident koalas. On that note, also keep a sharp eye out for snakes during hotter months- it is bushland after all.
There are public BBQs and toilets at Schwerkolt Cottage and Antonio Park for those that may want to make a day of it. Play equipment for the kids can also be found at both Antonio Park and near Schwerkolt Cottage . There are also toilets at the Yarran Dheran Information Centre along with information for the keen bird watcher.
Take a stroll over the bridges through the cool fern gully and listen to water trickling over the waterfall, and remember to look out for the Southern Brown Tree Frog (Litoria ewingi) which has been sighted in recent times. Dogs are welcome, but must be kept on the lead at all times.
The Yarran Dheran Reserve really is a wonderful place to visit. Perfect for those who love to get outdoors. Whether you choose to go for a quick stroll to explore, a bike ride or just head on down for a BBQ with the family, it just can't be missed!!
Go to the Yarran Dheran website to download walking maps and brochures and find pictures of some of the local flora and fauna.