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Growling Grass Frog
(Litoria raniformis)

Threatened with extinction

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 over 40 years, the Habitat Conservation and Management Course (HCMC) has been informing, inspiring and connecting Melbourne’s conservation and land management community.
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Update: Crossing Stones path works complete!

Works on the pathway on the eastern side of the crossing stones at the Darebin Parklands are now completed. Thanks for your patience while the ...
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Turtles are on the move!

It’s breeding season (Nov-Feb) and there are lots of turtles that live in Darebin Parklands.
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Darebin Creek Walking Maps

Click links below for walking maps along the Darebin Creek, produced by Victoria Walks. Get out there and enjoy your local creek!
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ACF doco on Parklands Nestbox Program

The Australian Conservation Foundation recently produced a short documentary on the Darebin Parklands nestbox program, featuring Rangers Pete and Kim, discussing which local natives call ...
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Friends of Darebin Parklands 50th Anniversary

On Sunday 30th April the Friends of Darebin Parklands celebrated their 50th Anniversary with a well-attended event.
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Visit from Tanya Plibersek

DCMC recently hosted a visit by Federal Member Ged Kearney and Federal Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek at the Darebin Parklands to confirm Urban Rivers and ...
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Volunteer Week

Thanks to all of our hard working volunteers!
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Funding Announcement Celebration

On Saturday 17 December, Ged Kearney, Kate Thwaites and several local MPs and councillors met with DCMC and MCMC staff members, and Friends of Darebin ...
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What's On

DCMC host events throughout the catchment. Community events within the Darebin Parklands are hosted by the Friends of Darebin Parklands (formerly Darebin Parklands Association). The Friends of Darebin Creek and the Darebin Creek Sweepers harness community actions throughout the catchment.

Darebin Creek

Bundoora Welcome to Country and Planting Day

Start Time: 10am - 1pm
Start Date: July 7, 2024
Meeting Place: 130W Greenhills Road Bundoora
Darebin Parklands

FDP Park Care Day

Start Time: 1pm - 3pm
Start Date: June 23, 2024
Meeting Place: Next to the Ivanhoe Wetland on the Rockbeare Grove side of the Darebin Creek
Come along for a few hours of planting native grasses with the community to help build habitat for small woodland birds, followed by a cuppa. All welcome!

Welcome To Country and Community Planting

Start Time: 10 am to 1 pm
Start Date: May 26, 2024
Meeting Place: Kingsbury Bowls Club - Arch Gibson Reserve (walk to creek from car park) Dunne Street, Kingsbury
Join us for a fun filled planting morning at Darebin Creek at the Arch Gibson Reserve adjacent to the Kingsbury Bowls Club.
Citizen science

City Nature Challenge 2024 at Darebin Parklands

Start Time: 10am - midday
Start Date: April 26, 2024
Meeting Place: Darebin Parklands, meet at the end of Separation St, Alphington.

DCMC at two community festivals

Start Time: 10am to 4pm
Start Date: March 17, 2024
Meeting Place: See links for locations and further details

Featured Projects

The Volunteer Innovation Fund has enabled DCMC to purchase new monitoring tools including trail cameras, song meters, nest boxes and nestbox cameras and a drone.
May planting - vols in action
The Restoring Ivanhoe Floodplain project will enhance wildlife habitat in the Ivanhoe Floodplain at the Darebin Parklands.
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.

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
Friends of Darebin Parklands