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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Langwarrin Fauna and Flkora Reserve

Pix taken on March 15 2014 on a 3 km exploratory hike.

The Reserve is one of the few remaining areas on the South Eastern fringe of Melbourne recognised as an important area for the conservation of indigenous flora and fauna.

The reserve, of 214ha, has an important place in military heritage, with almost 100 years of military use spanning from 1886 to 1979.

It's an ideal setting for quiet recreational activities including walking, jogging, photography, nature study and also cycling and horse riding in defined areas.

The park’s track network transects a variety of vegetation communities and also provides access to the reserves historical sites, including the former Reservoir.

The Reserve, first established as the Langwarrin Military reserve in 1886, was used for various activities by the Victorian colonial defence forces.

During World War 1, German prisoners of war were detained at the reserve and a hospital was set up for the treatment of soldiers returning from France and Egypt. 

Today all of the military buildings are gone, however evidence of the reserve's past use remains in the form of the stone capped reservoir, rifle butts and the fountain located on the old hospital site.

Click here to see all of the Photos of my visit, in Static or Slideshow format.

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