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Bald Hills Creek Wildlife Reserve

In this small, isolated reserve, make your way along a meandering trail through paperbark woodlands until you reach the thriving wetlands. There’s a chance to spot a variety of wildlife, including swamp wallabies, spoonbills and tree frogs. 

Review

When driving along Walkerville Road, just outside Tarwin Lower, take a right onto Bald Hills Road, which will lead you to this small, isolated reserve.

The reserve is the remaining remnants of the Tullaree swamp, which once ran alongside Tarwin River: an area that has now been taken over by farming.

Take an easy stroll through woodlands and paperbark thickets until you come upon large open wetlands, full of birdlife.

Bring your binoculars to spot spoonbills, herons and cormorants from the bank (there was once a bird hide here but apparently it was destroyed by a deliberately lit fire).

You can also explore a number of smaller trails that lead to different views of the water – though watch where you step, I almost squashed a Southern Brown tree frog hiding in the undergrowth!

The reserve is also home to a number of swamp wallabies, so walk quietly and you may spot them hiding amongst the thicket. They’re generally shy things, but I spotted one just off the trail that seemed quite unfazed by my presence.

The walk will take you half an hour to an hour, depending on how much you stop to admire the view and wildlife.


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  1. Easy Walk

  2. Several different habitats

  3. Numerous chances to spot wildlife

  4. Nice views of the wetlands


Coolart Wetlands

Not far from Balnarring, this relaxing boarded walk winds its way through the coolart wetlands, where several bird hides give excellent viewing of our native waterbirds. 

Pied Cormorant (  Phalacrocorax varius ) sunning itself at the wetlands.

Pied Cormorant (Phalacrocorax varius) sunning itself at the wetlands.

Review

More a garden stroll than a real bush beat, this easy-level walk is great for those looking for a relaxing, yet exciting activity for a morning or afternoon.

Starting at the historical, Coolart House, one can find enjoyment in viewing the well maintained gardens and old homestead before descending the a hill to the wetlands. Here, a number of tidy bird-hides offer superb and rare viewing of native waterbirds.  

Following the path will eventually lead you to some open woodland where you may chance upon some swamp wallabies or echidna.

From here you have the option to take a short walk across a tranquil estuary to the beach where you can dip your toes in Western Port Bay.

In reality, this walk should take no more than one hour to complete. However, the potential for encountering wildlife is so high, in so small an area, that the keen naturalist is soon and frequently distracted.

Anyone looking for a relaxing, yet intriguing weekend activity, should consider the drive to Balnarring and the Coolart Wetlands.

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Summary

  1.  Easy walk

  2. Several bird hides

  3. Close to beach   

  4.  Lots of wildlife

Location of Coolart Wetland

Location of Coolart Wetland