Nangak Tamboree Wildlife Sanctuary Walk

Latrobe University Kingsbury Centre, Main Dr, Bundoora Victoria

Nangak Tamboree Wildlife Sanctuary Walk

Latrobe University Kingsbury Centre, Main Dr, Bundoora Victoria

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28 m
1.87 km
Easy

Walk around Nangak Tamboree Wildlife Sanctuary visiting many key sites for viewing. It's a sanctuary with many indigenous plants, trees, animals, historical sites and more.

Nangak Tamboree Wildlife Sanctuary Walk

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Walk around Nangak Tamboree Wildlife Sanctuary visiting many key sites for viewing. It's a sanctuary with many indigenous plants, trees, animals, historical sites and more.

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The Nangak Tamboree Wildlife Sanctuary (previously Latrobe Wildlife Sanctuary) is characterised by unique historical landmarks many native plants, trees, greenery land and animals ranging from mammals, fish reptiles, and birds. I personally saw two kangaroos lying under a tree near the entrance, ducks, and two emu's to my surprise. There were also many bird noises coming from trees. The most frequently animal i saw was plenty of orange butterflies.

There's plenty of wetland sites in the sanctuary and I visited many of these. Some of them included the lakes there, especially the main lake- it's a large attractive lake making a great viewing site. I also visited billabongs, ponds and saw the swamp. There was many native trees but the one that caught my interest was a river red gum tree called the Manna Gum Isthmus and I discovered this tree is interestingly over 300 years old and provides homes to many birds.

I found the environment fairly quiet and the coverage of surrounding trees provided shelter from the sun. I advise if anyone visits the sanctuary on a sunny day to be well clothed- even with light clothing, wear sunglasses, hat, sunscreen and carry some water. This is more for protection from the sun as the opening hours are from 10am- 3pm and during this time its generally UV alert. Also because of the fairly limited time openings it's useful to use time wisely to explore the area and maybe getting there early.

The tracks I found to be predominantly rocky and gravel. It's good to wear comfortable shoe wear covering feet. Before i went in I printed out the official map of the sanctuary and i found it to be pretty useful for navigating and locating certain sites of interest.

The map (see link above) also helps out in following the main tracks which is of importance not just for not getting lost but also helping to avoid stepping on vegetation and other land being preserved.

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Points of Interest

1. Main Lake

This is 'Main Lake' it's fairly large and one of my favourite attraction sites in the sanctuary. You might also spot a duck in there. You might also want to find a small bridge that crosses this lake.

2. Manna Gum Isthmus

This is an interesting red river gum tree that's 300+ years old and provides homes to possums, bats and nesting birds. It's also a primary feature for visiting in the sanctuary.

3. Willis Billabong

This is Willis Billabong and was quite covered by trees, branches and plants. I spotted a few magpies there.

4. Galaxiella Billabong

Spotted another Billabong. This one looked very unique with a nice distinctive dark coloured water and what seems to me to be purplish pink coloured leaves.

5. Dismantled Car

Something quite unexpected- A car. This old dismantled car near close to the track can't be missed, I think it adds a creative element with the natural surrounding. It sure caught me by surprise.

6. Twin Ponds

There're two ponds on each side of the track. This picture is the one of the left. It was an interesting contrast to the other wetlands. The water was different, but interesting - choc brown and foamy

7. Iron Barks Hut

A fantastic hut- highlight of the sanctuary for me. This hut is equipped with a gas barbeque for public use with all wooded seats and tablets. It's metal sheltered and makes a nice place for relaxing.


Features

Picnic Spot Picnic Spot
Seating Available Seating Available
Public toilets Public toilets
Art and Culture Art and Culture
Park / Garden Park / Garden