Bungalook Conservation Reserve is located on Tereddan Drive in Kilsyth South (Melway ref. 51 F11) with access from Tereddan Drive, Chandra Avenue, Ormond Place and Regency Drive.
The total size of the reserve is 14.5 ha (35.6 acres) and is made up of three separately managed areas.
6.2 ha (15.2 acres) around the retarding basin is managed by Melbourne Water, a further 2.2 ha (5.4 acres) west of the Melbourne Water reserve is a Trust for Nature reserve and the southern section of 6.1 ha (15 acres) is managed by Maroondah Council.
Bungalook Conservation Reserve contains the most intact remnant bushland within the City of Maroondah, featuring several different vegetation types and the only known population of the Kilsyth South Spider Orchid, listed as endangered under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
The reserve is also listed as ‘Land for Wildlife’. A brief history
12 ha of the land was acquired in 1989 – 1990 for the preservation of its flora and fauna which has considerable conservation significance.
A block of land of 2 ha adjacent to the Council managed reserve was added in 2009 to protect the Kilsyth South Spider Orchid which was discovered on the site in 1991.
Weed management and subsequent natural restoration of indigenous species have led to significant improvement of the quality of the remnant bushland.
I explored this scenic Reserve on February 26 2013, on a 3 km hike. Excellent views to Mt Dandenong!
Click here to see all of the Photos of my visit!
About the Author
- Bob Padula
- Mont Albert (Melbourne), Victoria, Australia
- Ths author is a Chartered Professional Engineer, providing specialized consultancy services in International Broadcasting Engineering. He is graduate of the Royal Melbourne Instiutute of Technology.and holds the rank of Member, Institution of Engineers Australia . he is a recipient of the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for Services to Shortwave Radio, and was employed by the PMG's Dept/ATC/Telecom Australia from 1956 until 1997...