Howdy Bush Trackers!
Why not get out this long weekend and explore the bush..? A lovely little pocket of nature in suburbia is Blackburn Lake Sanctuary. Blackburn Lake Sanctuary is one of the few significant remaining natural bushland reserves in Melbourne and the best-known bushland park in the City of Whitehorse. The entrance is located on Central Road in Blackburn. Very easy walking, with tracks suitable for prams or nice and flat for walking with babies in a carrier. You will traverse through some lovely bushland with many different birds to tune your ears in to. There are ponds to listen for frog choruses - yes some frogs do call in winter and during the day!
You will come across Blackburn Lake, which has a nice variety of waterbirds, like Pelicans, Cormorants, Pacific Black Ducks, Eurasian Coots and others you may see the odd turtle too!
The walk around the lake - also known as the Lakeside circuit - is a fair distance, but you can take a few short cuts to just do half the lake. See the website below for some maps and things to do. There is a Visitor Education Centre at the Sanctuary, check the website for activities and when they are open. There is a playground, toilets and picnic tables too.
Enjoy the fresh air, natural loose materials for your kids to enjoy and time together in nature.
Other activities happening outside can also be found here at the Active in Parks website: http://activeinparks.org/find-an-activity/