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.
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.
From 22 June major bridge works to the Willowbank Bridge will disrupt use of the shared trail. This is the section of the shared trail directly south of the Darebin Parklands, between the Heidelberg Road bridge and the railway bridge.
Darebin Parkland’s serenity was disrupted by an unfolding drama involving a distressed waterbird earlier this month. Reports started arriving early into the rangers office from concerned park users regarding a bird with material lodged on it’s beak.
During the COVID-19 restrictions urban parklands are a wonderful place to go for a physical and mental break for you, your children and your dog. Add some perfect autumn weather and every day seems like a sunny Sunday afternoon. Darebin Parklands is experiencing a massive increase in weekday visitors, and the Rangers continue to work hard to keep the bins empty, the lawns mowed and the shared trail clear. Our Parklands are a valuable shared space particularly during this difficult time, so please help us keep everyone safe by maintaining your distance and your patience for other park users.
The popular ABC program, Gardening Australia recently filmed a segment at Darebin Parklands with Head Ranger Peter Wiltshire. The episode focused on the success of the parks nest boxes and “chainsaw” hollows.
This Eastern Water Skink Eulamprus quoyii was seen flouting social distancing rules to be sunbathing on a rock along the western side of the creek in Darebin Parklands.