Birdsland is a 75 ha bushland reserve. Cleared for growing crops and to use as grazing land over 150 years ago, it was owned by the Bird family from around 1940 and managed as a sheep farm. The land was bought by the local shire in 1981 and opened to the public in 1984.
Over 130 different native birds have been identified in the reserve including the Wedge Tail Eagle and Powerful Owl.
Another walk not too far away is the Glenfern Valley Bushlands, which is a lovely walk too.
- Total Distance: 2.85 kms return
- Walking time: 1 leisurely hour
- Easy walking on level trail
- Toilets and parking available at the reserve
- BBQ’s and picnic tables
- Very suitable for baby buggies!
- Dogs allowed (on-lead)
- Parking available at the Reserve – Mt Morton Road, Belgrave South
- Get Directions by car
- Public Transport is not available without involving a lot of extra walking.
- From the main car park, the walk starts just past the BBQ area and is easy to follow. It initially passes between bushland on the left and open pastures to the right.
- Continue along the track and follow the lake in either direction. Return via the same track to the car park area or follow the other track leading from where the track first meets the lake. It passes below the Birdsland Environmental Education Centre and Southern Dandenongs Community Nursery.
The first sign we saw on the Birdsland Reserve walk was to ask people to report any sightings of Platypus in the area. Find more information ~ Belgrave Platypus on Facebook.
“Stop 8” – Granite boulders beside the trail to sit and reflect a while perhaps…
Pretty loop walk around the small lake. Plenty of bird life, kids on scooters, prams, and joggers.
The return path passed by a gate that goes onto a small wetland area and up onto the road by the Environmental Centre, then back down to the car park.
Other Trails go from Birdsland Reserve, walks can be extended all the way to Lysterfield Lake Park. We will keep that for another day!