This walk takes place on the Dja Dja Wurrung clans recognition and settlement area, which formally recognises the Dja Dja Wurrung people as the Traditional Owners. Although their culture continues to flourish today, from 1853 to 1865 their way of life was dramatically altered by the gold-diggers and miners of the Bendigo Goldfields.
Approximately $9 billion dollars worth of gold was found in Bendigo, making it the second highest producing gold field in Australia, and seventh richest field in the world. There are still many reminders of Bendigo’s rich gold history, including the mullock heaps of Grassy Flat Reservoir Bushland Reserve.
Today the reserve hosts an array of wildlife who call this regenerated bushland their home. Colourful parrots and kangaroos make use of the reserve and water birds are now a regular feature on the lake.
Kennington Reservoir is an extremely popular spot for walkers and wildlife. The seats and tables around the lake make it a wonderful spot to catch up with friends or enjoy a peaceful walk.
In the 1850’s the box ironbark country was turned upside down in the search for gold. You can find many traces of gold digging activities like mullock heaps around Bendigo.
Spreading Wattle Acacia genistofolia flowers February to October and the Golden Wattle Acacia pycnantha blooms in Spring. Which is your favourite?
The White-winged Chough is a large, almost completely black bird. It has red eyes and large white patches under its wings that can only be seen while in flight. See the large family groups foraging.
An easy tree to recognise in the Victorian bush is the red ironbark Eucalyptus tricarpa. They have rough bark that becomes hard, compacted and furrowed with age.
Sticky everlasting Xerochrysum bracteatum have papery petals that are heat and drought tolerant. These long-lived flowers keep the bush colourful throughout the heat of summer.
In 1978 Kennington Reservoir was so dry that it was almost filled in. Residents formed a committee, made a series of recommendations to the council, and saved the reservoir. A real community asset.
Feel free to treat your dog to this pleasant loop walk, just make sure you don’t forget to use the lead.