Exploring the bush within or just on the outskirts of Melbourne is a great thing to do with your family, in all sorts of weather, seasons and times of the day. Don't be afraid to venture out at night, many of Australian wildlife are nocturnal, so that's often when you get to see them - just check all your details of gate closures of car parks before you set out! Also always check weather warnings and bushfire warnings.
Currawong Bush Park is a real gem in Doncaster East, on Reynolds Road.
There are lots of natures loose parts, logs to hop over and balance on, and wildlife to discover.
Expect to find a nice variety of birds including Kookaburras, Crimson Rosella's, Sulphur-crested Cockatoos, Eastern Rosellas, Long-billed and Little Corella's and down near the creek where there is a bit more mid-storey vegetation you can hear Grey Fantails, Spotted Pardalotes, Brown Thornbills, Fan-talied Cuckoo and White-browed Scrubwrens. You can also find a resident mob of Eastern Grey Kangaroos, skinks darting around the tracks, snakes have also been recorded in the reserve (be alert not alarmed and never interfere or try and catch snakes). At night, you can find the kangaroos playing and foraging, Ringtail Possums and Brushtail Possums up in the acacias and eucalypts and if you have a really keen eye and are very lucky you may spot a Sugar Glider.
There are lots of large old trees which provide habitat for nesting birds and mammals. There is a pond as well where you may hear frogs (like Pobblebonks, Southern Brown Tree Frogs and Common Froglets) and see some waterbirds.
There is a steep hill down to the creek, a bit hard to do with a pram but not impossible. Check closing times of the main gate, there are toilet facilities, bbq's and picnic tables there too.
More information on walks around the park can be found in the link below.
It really is a lovely pocket of nature in suburbia that is worth a walk of discovery and exploration with your kids.
We will be holding our Save the Frogs Day here on 30 April 2016 in the afternoon with Manningham City Council.