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

UPDATE: Due to ongoing uncertainty with COVID-19 lockdowns, Habitat Conservation and Management Course 2021 has been cancelled. We intend to run the course again in …

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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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Caring for Darebin Creek

This video was produced as part of a Litter Source Reduction joint project, involving Friends of Darebin Creek, Darebin Creek Sweepers, Darebin Creek Management Committee, …

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Darter Drama Part 1

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.

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Darebin Parklands Covid-19 Update

Corona Virus Update

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.

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Gardening Australia features Darebin Creek Parklands.

Darebin Parklands Features Gardening Australia

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.

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Eastern Water Skink Melbourne

Eastern Water Skink seen flouting social distancing rules

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.

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Darebin Creek Community Planting and Cultural Connections

Start Time: 10am - 2pm
Start Date: July 11, 2021
Meeting Place: Kingsbury Bowls Club - Arch Gibson Reserve (walk to creek from car park) Dunne Street, Kingsbury

Featured Projects

Tamboree to Bundoora Park
This project aims to establish a biodiversity corridor in Reach 4 of Darebin Creek (from Plenty Road to the Ring Road, as per the Darebin Creek Management Plan). 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