Blackburn Lake Sanctuary, Blackburn

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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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  • October 3, 2017
    Just a lovely walk, take your dogs and your friends and wonder along the tracks. The Lake is beautiful and there are many spots to stop and take photos or just rest and enjoy the view  more »
  • July 5, 2017
    Nothing to rave about. Over-rated. Boring. Need a lot of revamping and development to attract visitors.  more »
  • June 25, 2017
    The Sanctuary is a gem for the community as it is a haven for walking, resting, playing and watching. We had annual Friends Luncheon in June with the BLS Advisory Committee. A wonderful place cared an...  more »
  • August 24, 2017
    The lake has a children's playground and a information kiosk and a number of paths to walk on. Lots of native bush and benches to sit and rest. There are ducks on the lake and you can also hear Kookaburras laughing in the trees from time to time. (More towards sunset) The tracks are popular with people walking their dogs. There are 2 car parking areas. One that you drive into located on the northern side with about 25 parking spaces. The second Along the northern edge of the park. The local council is getting ready to do some work on the parking area on the northern edge of the park. (The council have put up notices advising the works that they are proposing to do.) So when the work starts the car park capacity will drop. You can park along in the street on the western side of the park if the car parks are full.
  • August 10, 2017
    A wonderful place right in the middle of the city's hustle-bustle yet all you can hear is the chirping of birds, the wading of ducks and the rustle of trees. There's a charming play area for kids and a beautiful picnic area as well. It has various trails, long and short ones, some nice spots to sit and relax and admire nature. When in the sanctuary you don't realize that you are just a two minutes drive away from busy main roads like the Springvale Rd and the Blackburn Rd!
  • September 6, 2017
    Pleasant walking tracks (numerous circuits, one close to Lake) but a bit rough footing in places. Lake itself has that dark and muddy look. Playground on site. Information centre and most of the facilities you would want.
  • May 21, 2017
    What a place! We love visiting here, playground is top-notch. The park full of wildlife. Fantastic place for children to soak in all the nature. Wish we had something like this in the Inner Western Sydney.
  • July 21, 2017
    Great playground and all round family friendly place.

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