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Yarrunga Reserve

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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 May 16th 2019
A very enjoyable wander

Reserve sign
The entrance on Croydon Hills Road.

This reserve is quite large and long, boasting several ponds which are home to many water birds.

It is also home to a playground, BMX, BBQ, tennis courts, grassy areas and some picturesque meandering paths through some wooded areas with large stands of mature pine trees.

pathway through trees
Exiting the pine tree walk

The playground is fairly basic and is in a very nice setting, surrounded by trees and shrubs.

Playground
The small but secluded playground.


Playground & magpie
Not everyone is interested in the playground activities.

There is a wide wooden bridge spanning the bigger pond giving children a close up avian experience. On my visit, several children were shrieking with delight at the ducks swimming past their vantage position.

Ducks
A passing parade.

There were many ducks in residence and were almost tame. Usually, when approaching ducks on the water, they swim away. Here they swim toward you, possibly thinking you are their lunch van.

Ducks on lake
Optimistic ducks hoping for lunch.

Several swamphens were observed, in the water, on land and in the air. They are mostly sighted on land close to the water or near reeds fossicking around for food. I observed two taking wing and they are quite fast.

Swamp Hen
Swamp hen leaving a wake.

A black-faced cormorant was seen swimming and occasionally thrusting its head and neck into the water in search of food. On my approach, it abandoned the water and kindly perched on the rail of a nearby bridge, posing for photographs.


A lone white-faced heron was also swimming in the main pond and it too occasionally sort food under the water. It then came out of the water and spent some time standing on a fallen log.

Heron
The stately white faced heron.

There is an off-road car park with over 60 spaces available. Like many suburban parks there are many entrances from surrounding streets, giving the local population easy access to their local asset.

It is a very a peaceful and quiet environment, except perhaps when its lunchtime at the nearby Croydon Hills Primary School, whose sporting fields abut the far end of the reserve.

BMX track
Looking unused and unloved.

It is a little undulating in parts and except for the path through the wooded area, it would be wheelchair friendly.

Footprint sign
You can't take the wrong turn.

If you are in the area it is very worthwhile seeking out this reserve to spend a quiet pleasant half hour walk along its many paths; longer if you bring a picnic.

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Where: Yarrunga Reserve. Croydon Hills Road, Croydon Hills. Melways: Map 36 G.9.
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Lovely park
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