Mr Womble

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Uploaded 20.10.2017.

Recorded октобар 2017

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100 m
66 m
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3,7
7,5
14,94 km

Погледана 1237 пут(a), скинута са сервера 16 пут(a)

близу Tuerong, Victoria (Australia)

Devilbend and Bittern Reservoirs were once back up supply for the areas drinking water. In December, 2000, the reservoirs were made redundant. Six years later, the Devilbend Natural Features Reserve was opened to the public for the first time in 70 odd years.
It is now a significant area for birdlife included the near-threatened Blue Billed Duck and hosts the only known breeding pair of White Bellied Sea Eagles found on the Morninton Peninsula.
The reservoir has a large population of introduced fish species including Redfin and more recently has been stocked with Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout and Estuary Perch.
This walk began at a small carpark away from the main picnic area and followed the marked Catch Drain Circuit which as the name suggests, follows a catchment drain, but is basically a Rangers vehicle track. Also known as 'Reservoir Circuit Trail' it follows this vehicle path, over Hodgins Rd, until it meets up with the 'Bittern Circuit Trail', where it evolves into a bushwalking track. Unfortunately I found myself on the wrong side of 'Devilbend Creek' and missed one of the more remote sections at the Sth end of the reservoir itself, so where possible, stay on the path nearest the reservoir.
A small picnic area is found near the carpark.
After crossing over Hodgins Rd again the 'Reservoir Circuit Trail' is signposted as Dangean Track. This track follows the waterline, albeit quite a distance from the waterline through dense ferny bushland, open grassed areas, pine forests and native bushland.
Along the way, there is evidence the land was once used as farmland, with rusting water tanks, old fence lines and ornate trees such as apple.
The last few kilometres take you along the shoreline on well formed tracks, past the fishing platforms and leading you to the main carpark and BBQ area, before walking alongside the road, across the dam wall.
Wildlife seen on the walk included Eastern Grey Kangaroos, Black Cockatoos, two varieties of Rosella, Blue Wrens, and among the various waterfowl encountered, I manged to get within a few metres of a Black Swan and its four cygnets.
The trail was just shy of 15km and took a little over 3hours to complete with a few short stops for snacks and chats with other people I encountered.
Bittern Teserve
Bittern Reservoir picnic area
Intersection
Dangean Trail/Orchid Track
Dangean Trail / Stipa Track
Dangean Trail / Loders Track
Crossroads
Fishing platform #2
Swan & cygnets
Fishing platform #1
Dangean Trail
Devilbend Reservoir parking
Access gate
Dam wall

12 коментар(а)

  • Слика од deb9

    deb9 07.07.2018.

    Did you see any koalas on this walk?

  • Слика од bruce.lockland

    bruce.lockland 19.05.2019.

    I have followed this trail  View more

    Thanks Mr. Womble.... just finished this hike. Only recently discovered Devilbend, but hadn’t hiked round both reservoirs. Loved the trail! Really appreciated all the proximity alarms also! 🙏🏻 (only found Wikiloc this morning! Is awesome) was an easy hike, flat all the way.

  • Слика од Mr Womble

    Mr Womble 19.05.2019.

    Hi deb9, sorry for the late reply.
    I did not see any koala's. Echidna's are pretty prevalent in the reserve, and kangaroos.
    There are also introduced deer within the park.

  • Слика од Mr Womble

    Mr Womble 19.05.2019.

    Hi Bruce,
    Wikiloc is great hey!
    What do you mean by proximity alarms? I've not followed any trails as yet, do WP's give you an alarm?
    Cheers, Mr. Womble.

  • Слика од bruce.lockland

    bruce.lockland 19.05.2019.

    Hey Mr. Womble.... you know on Garmin GPS devices how you can set a ‘proximity alarm’ for places of interest... like water sources, nice views etc. when I exported your track to my Garmin 750 proximity alarms went off often for trail crossroads, places where water birds were, road crossing.... all kinds of stuff. You didn’t add those? How would they get there?

  • Слика од Mr Womble

    Mr Womble 20.05.2019.

    Hi Bruce. No, I just run wikiloc through my smartphone and use the GPS within it.
    Looking at the map and my waypoints, is it possible the alarms were set off by my WP's? ('Fishing platform', 'Swan & cygnets' etc)?

  • Слика од bruce.lockland

    bruce.lockland 20.05.2019.

    Yeah maybe? They were cool to have along the way.

  • Слика од Mr Womble

    Mr Womble 20.05.2019.

    OK. I'll keep using them when time permits.
    Thanks for following. Are you local to Devilbend, Bruce?

  • Слика од bruce.lockland

    bruce.lockland 20.05.2019.

    Ok awesome. Yeah I’m in Mornington. Let me know if you want a go hiking sometime. I’ve become addicted to hiking! 😂 head out at least twice a week.

  • Слика од Mr Womble

    Mr Womble 20.05.2019.

    OK. I'm Somerville. I don't do it as much as I'd like.
    As you can see by some of my trails, I kinda like doing overnighters when I can to make the most of my free time!

  • Слика од bruce.lockland

    bruce.lockland 20.05.2019.

    Cool.... I haven’t done any overnighters yet, looking too soon. Been more serious about bushwalking for the last year and a half or so.

  • Слика од bruce.lockland

    bruce.lockland 20.05.2019.

    I do a lot of night hikes.... that’s when my free time is mostly.

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