Darebin Creek Management Committee

Our Vision

The Darebin is a healthy and natural creek supporting thriving communities of plants and animals. A place where the connections of people and nature are appreciated and deepened. Darebin Creek brings communities together as a place of discovery, recreation, restoration and celebration.

Darebin Creek

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

Darebin Creek Diary

Habitat Conservation & Management Course

For 40 years, the Habitat Conservation and Management Course (HCMC) has been informing, inspiring and connecting Melbourne’s conservation and land management community. After two years of disruption HCMC is ready to go in 2022.

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Crossing works in Darebin Parklands

Melbourne Water is undertaking works to improve the “Stepping Stones” crossing at the Darebin Parklands. The rockworks will include construction of a “fish ladder” which …

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Nangak Tamboree

Nangak Tamboree is a collaborative project restoring 10 hectares of riparian Grassy Red Gum Woodland on the Darebin Creek through Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Narrap unit cultural practice including burning.

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Alphington Link

VicRoads are seeking community feedback in the development and delivery of the Alphington Link. The project is aiming to better connect the local Alphington community …

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Cultural burning brings back threatened species

The critically endangered Matted Flax-lily (Dianella amoena) has recently resurfaced along Darebin Creek following the re-introduction of cultural burning

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Darebin Creek Weed Watch

Invasive weeds are one of the greatest threats to the ecological health of the Darebin Creek Valley. A project partnership between Friends of Darebin Creek, …

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Darebin Wildlife Warriors

The Darebin Wildlife Warriors program is an environmental and nature play program being run by the Friends of Darebin Creek (FoDC) in Thornbury. The program …

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Darebin Creek on the Big Screen

A 15 second video about keeping litter out of the Darebin Creek recently ran for two weeks at Northland Shopping Centre. The video was produced …

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“Mother of the Park” Sue Course receives OAM

Sue Course “Mother of the Park” has received an Order of Australia Medal in the Australia Day round of awards – for services to conservation, …

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World Environment Day community planting

Start Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Start Date: June 5, 2022
Meeting Place: Kingsbury Bowls Club - Arch Gibson Reserve (walk to creek from car park) Dunne Street, Kingsbury
The Friends of Darebin Creek are holding a community planting and cultural connections event on World Environment Day - Sunday June 5.

Creek-side Planting in Reservoir

Start Time: 10AM - midday
Start Date: July 24, 2022
Meeting Place: Access creek via corner of Ayr and Gronn Streets in Reservoir. Follow the signs and look for bushcrew vehicles.
Help Friends of Darebin Creek increase creek-side habitat with a planting event along the creek near Gronn Street, Reservoir.

National Tree Day planting in Bundoora

Start Time: Midday - 4pm
Start Date: July 31, 2022
Meeting Place: Norris Bank Reserve, 128 McLean’s Road, Bundoora
Join City of Whittlesea, DCMC and the Reach 4 group of Friends of Darebin Creek for a National Tree Day planting event at Norris Bank Reserve in Bundoora.

Darebin Parklands - Park Care Day

Start Time: 1pm - 3pm
Start Date: May 22, 2022
Meeting Place: Zeroland, the open area above bluestone steps.
Come and get your hands dirty and make a difference in your park!

Habitat Conservation and Management Course

Start Time: August 10th 6:30pm - November 23rd 9:30pm
Start Date: August 10, 2022
Meeting Place: Nangak Tamboree Wildlife Sanctuary, La Trobe Ave, Bundoora VIC 3083

Featured Projects

Nangak Tamboree
Nangak Tamboree is a collaborative project restoring 10 hectares of riparian Grassy Red Gum Woodland on the Darebin Creek through Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Narrap unit cultural practice including burning.
Tamboree to Bundoora Park
This project aims to establish a biodiversity corridor in Reach 4 of Darebin Creek. By recreating suitable habitat, we will be able to dramatically increase the abundance of small native woodland birds along Reach 4.
Monitoring Darebin Creek Wetlands
This project will train volunteers in the sampling and identification of macroinvertebrates so their ecological communities can be monitored using standardized methods.
Darebin Creek Nestboxes for Wildlife
This project ill install and monitor new and existing nest boxes along the Darebin Creek Corridor between Plenty Road and the Darebin Parklands, with the purpose of providing and potentially re-establishing habitat connectivity for tree hollow dependant native fauna.

Things to do

Discover the wildlife and plants of Darebin Creek.

Member Bodies

Banyule City Council
City of Darebin
City of Whittlesea
City of Yarra
Friends of Darebin Creek