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.
Update: 29 June 2020.
Due to the scale of the works to secure the bridge abutments the Willowbank Bridge will be closed for several weeks. This is the section of the shared trail directly south of the Darebin Parklands, between the railway bridge and the Heidelberg Road bridge.
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.
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.