On June 5 2012 I visited the Blackburn Lake Sanctuary, 18 km east of central Melbourne.
Occupying about 30 hectares it is a bushland haven for wildlife and is managed by the Whitehorse City Council, with strong support from local Volunteer organizations.
The Lake is actually Melbourne Water's Blackburn Retarding Basin and the Sanctuary is popular with hikers, cyclists, field naturalists, birdwatchers, and school groups.
The history of the Lake dates back to 1889 when the Kooyongkoot Creek was dammed. It was a popular destination for visitors in the early 1900s who travelled to nearby Blackburn Railway Station, then walked to the Lake for picnics and boating.
My visit was mainly a 3 km hike around the Lake and along adjacent trails.
Information boards provide details of the history of the Sanctuary, and the trails are well signposted.
Many kookaburras, galahs, and cockatoos live in the trees!
See my Slideshow, with music, of my visit, which has all of the pictures.