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Saturday, July 28, 2007

Exploring Banksia Park - Yarra Flats - Viewbank

Banksia Park is a large parkland adjacent to the Yarra Rivet, in the suburban municipality of Viewbank, 20 km east of Melbourne.

In 1841 a punt was installed on the Yarra River at the site of the bridge at Banksia Park. It opened the best route between Melbourne and the Bulleen-Templestowe area enabling the earliest Europeans to settle along the rich river flats. Banksia Park was the first part of the Yarra Valley Parklands to be opened to the public in 1978.

Over 80 different species of birds have been recorded in the park. A keen eye may spot a superb fairy-wren or a rainbow lorikeet along the river. Pacific black ducks and dusky moorhens are easily seen around the Banksia Park pond. Other inhabitants include possums, gliders, wombats, reptiles, frogs and a variety of fish.

Banksia Park has a unique blend of remnant native vegetation and exotic plants. Ancient river red gums are scattered along the Yarra River's banks, along with manna gums, wattles, grasses and shrubs.

On the higher terraces are mature pines, oaks, willows and poplars.

The Park is a popular picnic spot, with some 4 km of trails shared with walkers, joggers, cyclists and leashed dogs.

I hiked these tracks on July 27, 2007.

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