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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Currawong Bush Park in early Spring

The Currawong Bush Park is a 60 hectare area of preserved bushland, 25 km east of Melbourne, in the outer east suburb of Warrandyte.

It is reaached from Reynold's Rd, near the end of Springvale Rd.

It is adjacent to the Mullum Mullum Creek, and a large section of the park was originally a cattle farm until the 1960s.

Prior to Western settlement in the 1830s, the area was inhabited by the Wurrundunji Aboriginal peoples.

It includes Aboriginal artefacts, a nice Lagoon, an old Stockyard, and walking tracks.

The pictures were taken on September 24, 2010, on a 3 km circuit around the Park, which included the scenic Killjoy Track.

My route included the steep and rough Track under the HV Transmission Lines - many walkers are not aware of this gated track, and there are good views from the summit.

Many colorful birds were seen. A large Eastern Grey Kangaroo was in the bush next to the Creek!

The major threats to the park's ecology are introduced species of flora and fauna such as foxes, rabbits, dogs and cats. It is a popular destination for school and community groups and bush walkers. It once housed a group of kangaroos in its wildlife enclosure, however due to funding cuts, the park can no longer be managed full time by a park ranger and the enclosure was closed.

An archaeological survey of aboriginal sites within City of Manningham by Ellender in 1991, discovered evidence of the presence of the Wurundjeri people in the park, in the form of four scarred trees. Scarred trees are trees from which bark or heartwood has been removed to make a wooden artefact such as a shield, canoe or container. An aboriginal stone artefact was also found along the Mullum Mullum Creek. The Wurundjeri were part of the Kulin nation, comprising the main tribes living within about a 150 km radius of Melbourne. The Wurundjeri are of the Woiworung tribe, one of five Kulin tribes, each of whom had their own land and language.

See all of the Photos of my visit!

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