Time  3 hours 5 minutes

Coordinates 1383

Uploaded October 20, 2017

Recorded October 2017

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328 f
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9.28 mi

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near 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.
  • Photo of Bittern Reserve
  • Photo of Bittern Reserve
  • Photo of Bittern Reserve
  • Photo of Bittern Reserve
Bittern Teserve
  • Photo of Bittern Reservoir picnic area
Bittern Reservoir picnic area
  • Photo of Intersection
Intersection
  • Photo of Dangean Trail/Orchid Track
  • Photo of Dangean Trail/Orchid Track
Dangean Trail/Orchid Track
  • Photo of Dangean Trail / Stipa Track
Dangean Trail / Stipa Track
  • Photo of Dangean Trail / Loders Track
Dangean Trail / Loders Track
  • Photo of Crossroads
  • Photo of Crossroads
Crossroads
  • Photo of Fishing platform #2
  • Photo of Fishing platform #2
  • Photo of Fishing platform #2
  • Photo of Fishing platform #2
Fishing platform #2
  • Photo of Swan & cygnets
  • Photo of Swan & cygnets
  • Photo of Swan & cygnets
Swan & cygnets
  • Photo of Fishing platform #1
  • Photo of Fishing platform #1
  • Photo of Fishing platform #1
Fishing platform #1
  • Photo of Dangean Trail
  • Photo of Dangean Trail
  • Photo of Dangean Trail
  • Photo of Dangean Trail
Dangean Trail
  • Photo of Devilbend Reservoir parking
  • Photo of Devilbend Reservoir parking
  • Photo of Devilbend Reservoir parking
  • Photo of Devilbend Reservoir parking
  • Photo of Devilbend Reservoir parking
Devilbend Reservoir parking
  • Photo of Access gate
Access gate
  • Photo of Dam wall
Dam wall

1 comment

  • Photo of deb9

    deb9 Jul 7, 2018

    Did you see any koalas on this walk?

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