We seem to be losing aspects of our community we took for granted not all that long ago. We hardly know who are neighbours are, we no longer borrow cups of sugar from them, and we are becoming less familiar with what our local area really has to offer.
Lakewood Reserve is one of the local treasures that locals just may not know that much about. It is within easy reach of many residential areas, commercial and industrial areas, and the largest shopping complex in the area.
Being man-made in 1985, it has taken two plantings and revegetations to get the lake to the splendour of today. The attraction of the lake is the many species of ducks and other water birds. The birdlife in the lake and it's surrounding bring photographers and bird watchers to it as well as it being a great place to walk the dog or jog around.
There is also the natural bushland area to the east of the lake that you can explore. This nature reserve supports a great number of wildlife species and unique native plants and flowers.
Lakewood Reserve is a great example of what we might be missing and could be in our very own neighbourhood. Not only could you get a great dose of healthy walking but you might find out something about your community.
Our starting point and/or meeting point for this walk. Knox City has plenty of parking and cafes for that after-walk coffee.
The signage allows to gauge you are on the right track and gives you an idea of distance and time into your walk.
This simple playground can be a good break if you are walking with small children or you feel like a bit of swing yourself.
Lakewood Nature Reserve was part of the Scoresby Horticultural Research Station until the mid-1980s. The Reserve was formed in 1990, this allowed the protection of the native vegetation and wildlife.
Please be aware that there is a shared path around the lake from this point on.
Take a peek at the lake for the first time here. There is potential for spotting frogs, nesting waterbirds or small fish, plus the beautiful view.
As meandering through the bushland track, don't forget to look into the canopy of the trees. You never know what you might see.
Constructed in 1985, the lake covers 3.3 hectares and has a maximum depth of two metres, perfect for the abandant waterbirds. The lake has a small jetty and an island to the east end.