Welcome to the Darebin Creek!
This site is designed for both students and interest groups alike and has a number of interesting pages covering all aspects of creek life from the tiny little macro-invertebrates to the soaring wedge tailed eagles high above the running waters. It also details the functions and responsibilities of Darebin Creek Management Committee which is the organisation responsible for the looking after sections of the creek and assisting other government departments in maintaining a healthy and accessible creek for all Melburnians to use.
The Darebin Creek is an important northern tributary of Melbourne’s Yarra River and has its headwaters located near Woodstock to the north of Melbourne. The creek flows predominantly south for approximately 50 kilometres through several municipalities, including the Cities of Whittlesea, Darebin, Banyule and Yarra, until it meets the Yarra River at Alphington.
The Darebin Creek Catchment drains an area of 129 square kilometres with approximately half of the catchment being rural. The remainder of the catchment consists of urban housing, general industry and commercial development. The lower reach of the creek also runs through a regionally significant section of urban parkland called the Darebin Parklands. Darebin Creek Management Committee employee Rangers to maintain and manage this area which is very involved due to the history of the area. To find out more about the Darebin Parklands and its unique features, go to the Parklands section of this site.