Blackburn Lake Sanctuary, Blackburn

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#1 of 17 in Parks in Whitehorse
Blackburn Lake Sanctuary is an example of regenerated and remnant bushland in suburban Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It is located in the suburb of Blackburn. It is the most significant of the many parks in the City of Whitehorse, featuring areas of regenerated bushland and various walking tracks.In 1889 the Kooyongkoot Creek was dammed forming Blackburn Lake, at the centre of the sanctuary. The park has a diverse history revolving around the human usage of the lake and surrounding bushland, which by the 1960s left the lake in particular, very polluted. Although still polluted today, the late 20th century saw much regenerative planting and protection measures by local residents and community groups which has halted and in some places reduced pollution. Today, the park is home to a variety of local wildlife, including Pacific black ducks and herons. The sanctuary also features a variety of other birds, as well as possums and sugar gliders.HistoryIn 1889 the lake itself was formed when Gardiners Creek was dammed to provide water for local fruit growers. The lake grew in popularity as a tourist destination, with visitors from Melbourne travelling two hours by steam train to reach it. During the 1890s, artist Frederick McCubbin of the famed Heidelberg School lived briefly near the lake, where he painted works including "Down on his Luck" and "The Bush Burial".
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  • A well defined circuit path surrounds the lake. It is a relatively easy walk and pleasant as you are surrounded by greenery and shrub. It is well kept, with a small playground and bbq facilities. Easy...  more »
  • Morning walk before the heat hit. Lots of paths n track to walk on. Paths/ tracks are clear n easy to walk. Beautiful surroundings, lots of bird life. Lots of native flora n fauna. Great big playgroun...  more »
  • While much can be made of the large lake in its centre, the surrounding forest is great in how it screens out the noise of the distant traffic and makes you think you are in a wilderness. The paths ar...  more »
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  • A pleasant park in a largely natural state including a small lake. The visitor centre has toilets however the attached carpark is not paved. Signposting of the various trails could be improved; at some junctions of walking tracks there are no signs. There is a nice children's play area.
  • A very well preserved and maintained bit of native bushland with historical links to the Australian Impressionists of the early 20th century. Great for walks. We spotted some Wetland birds like ibises and ducks when we were there recently. Amenities available at the visitor centre.
  • Small and tranquil pocket of greenery with lots of area for walks and kids to play! Perfect for family and friends to get together!
  • Very pretty. Great for a picnic on the boardwalk while watching the ducks and kookaburras, or at a table on the grass. The playground is pretty good and quite new. It's a nice, tidy spot.
  • I like morning jog here. Natural and beautiful lake. Good playground for children.

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