Rosanna Parklands

Rosanna Parklands landscape

This 25 hectare reserve is a mix of open space, recreation and bushland areas. It is used for walking, dog off lead areas, jogging, cycling and picnicking. It is managed by Banyule's Bushland Management Unit with assistance from local volunteers. If you are interested in helping out, join the Friends of Salt Creek.


James Watson bought Crown Portion Five in 1840, subdividing the land and calling it Rosanna Estate It passed through different owners before being turned into a golf course in the early 1900s.

In 1969, Heidelberg Council sold 53 acres to John Ridge and David Yencken of Merchant Builders. These two builders, understanding connections between the built and natural environments, employed architect Graham Gunn who was known for his environmentally aware design. In turn, Gunn suggested Ellis Stones as a consultant to design and develop the residential landscapes. Stones's environmental vision is responsible for the current reserve, and plaques recognising the former golf course and Ellis Stone can be found in the park.

Flora and fauna

The reserve's 2 vegetation communities are plains grassy woodland, exposed plain slope-river red gum and plains grassy woodland, terrace valley-river red gum. The remnant bushland areas have a diverse mix of indigenous species. Areas of natural interest include the Davies Street wetlands and the northern grasslands where indigenous grasses and herbs have been reintroduced.

4 species of frogs have been heard calling in the wetlands, including the common froglet, eastern banjo frog/pobblebonk, spotted marsh frog and the southern brown tree frog. Many birds and reptiles use the reserve for shelter and food, including yellow-tailed black cockatoos from August and September.


Common name Scientific name

Brushtail possum

Trichosulus vulpecula

Common ringtail possum

Pseudocheirus peregrinus

Eastern blue tongue lizard

Tiliqua scincoides

Gang gang cockatoo

Callocephalon fimbriatum

Laughing kookaburra

Dacelo novaeguineae

Magpie lark

Grallina cyanoleuca

Rainbow lorikeet

Trichoglossus moluccanus

Sugar glider

Petaurus breviceps

Sulphur-crested cockatoo

Cacatua galerita

Tawny frogmouth

Podargus strigoides

Willie wagtail

Rhipidura leucophrys

Yellow-tailed black cockatoo

Calyptorhynchus funereus

Common froglet

Crinia signifera

Eastern banjo frog/pobblebonk

Limnodynastes dumerilii

Spotted marsh frog

Limnodynastes tasmaniensis

Southern brown tree frog

Litoria ewingii


Scientific name Common name

Acacia melanoxylon


Acacia paradoxa

Kangaroo thorn

Brachyscome multifida

Cut-leaf daisy

Clematis microphylla

Small-leaved clematis

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

Melicytus dentatus

Tree violet

Pomaderris aspera

Hazel pomaderris

Rytidosperma sp.

Wallaby grass

Themeda triandra

Kangaroo grass

Solanum aviculare

Kangaroo apple


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