Blackburn Lake Sanctuary, Blackburn

4.5
#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 lovely spot to walk and talk. Many different paths; a lovely lake to sit beside and ponder. Far from the crowds in nearby Forest Hill Shopping Centre.  more »
  • 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 »
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  • Beautiful place i go here all the time with my dogs and they love it. Very peaceful and excellent for personal reflection and thinking or even bringing the family together. Good for kids the playground is really good
  • Great place for a walk or a sit. Lots of birds etc. But never seen this before- carp pushed to the surface by low oxygen after rain inflows.
  • 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.
  • Trees provide good shades to walk under even during the hottest hour.

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