Darebin Creek Reserve

Darebin Creek Reserve landscape

The Darebin Creek Trail is a shared use path for cyclists and pedestrians. It follows Darebin Creek through the inner and outer northern suburbs of Melbourne. Banyule’s Bushland Management Unit manages 8km of the park. Council shares the management of this water course with Melbourne Water, Darebin Council and Darebin Creek Management Committee. The reserve forms an important wildlife corridor connecting the Upper Darebin Creek in Whittlesea to the Yarra River.

If you are interested in helping out, join the Friends of Darebin Creek.

History

European style agriculture in the Darebin Creek valley provided food for Melbourne residents during the 1800s and early 1900s. A government surveyor investigated the Darebin Creek area in 1837, declaring land to the east of the creek Keelbundoora, and to the west, Jika Jika (both local Aboriginal names). The two sides of the creek were developed separately as government orders prevented land grants on both sides of a watercourse.

Flora and fauna

This stretch of the Darebin Creek is in the Victorian Volcanic Plains bioregion, and has many ecological vegetation communities listed as endangered under the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act and the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act. Its vegetation communities are escarpment shrubland, riparian woodland/stream bank shrub land mosaic and plains grassland.

The trail is lined with indigenous plants, including austral indigo, cut-leaf daisy and common everlasting.

Fauna

Common name Scientific name

Australian magpie

Cracticus tibicen

Brown goshawk

Accipiter fasciatus

Brushtail possum

Trichosurus vulpecula

Common ringtail possum

Pseudocheirus peregrinus

Eastern blue tongue lizard

Tiliqua scincoides

 Eastern brown snake

 Pseudonaja textilis

Laughing kookaburra

Dacelo novaeguineae

Magpie lark

Grallina cyanoleuca

Musk lorikeet

Glossopsitta concinna

Rainbow lorikeet

Trichoglossus moluccanus

Sacred kingfisher

Todiramphus sanctus

Spotted pardalote

Pardalotus punctatus

Sugar glider

Petaurus breviceps

Tawny frogmouth

Podargus strigoides

Tiger snake

Notechis scutatus

Willie wagtail

Rhipidura leucophrys

Flora

Scientific name Common name

Acacia melanoxylon

Blackwood

Acacia paradoxa

Kangaroo thorn

Acacia pycnantha
Golden wattle
Acacia verticillata Prickly moses

Brachyscome multifida

Cut-leaf daisy

Carpobrotus modestus

Inland pigface

Chloris truncata

Windmill grass

Chrysocephalum apiculatum

Common everlasting

Clematis microphylla

Small-Leaved clematis

Correa glabra

Rock correa

Eucalyptus camaldulensis

River red gum

Goodenia ovata

Hop goodenia

Gynatrix pulchella

Hemp bush

Indigofera australis

Austral indigo

Kunzea leptospermoides

Yarra burgan

Lomandra longifolia

Spiny-headed mat rush

Pelargonium australe

Austral stork's bill

Location

Liberty Parade, Heidelberg West 3081  View Map

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