Wurundjeri Walk is a linear park of 20 hectares extending between Middleborough Road and Blackburn Road in Blackburn South (Melway Map 61, H4/J3).
The park is made up of the following parks and reserves:
- Orchard Grove Reserve – including a “Rain Garden” or water quality biofilter
- Wilkes Place Link
- Hurter / Finch Street Links
- The Wurundjeri Wetlands
(on Fulton Reserve, corner of Indra and Fulton Roads).
Wurundjeri Walk is named after the Wurundjeri Clan, the Koori people who lived in this area prior to white settlement. The park is owned and managed by the City of Whitehorse and is a major district park with a balance of recreation facilities in a natural setting.
The Wurundjeri Wetlands, completed in 2001, enhance the recreational values of the park with the creation of an attractive habitat for water birds. During 2008 another wetland feature was added – a Rain Garden or Biofilter – which is near the corner of Fulton Road and Samuel Street. The Rain Garden treats local storm water by filtering water through a porous sand medium planted with wetland plants.
Many improvements to the Wurundjeri Creek and tributaries have been made over the past 10 years, for example the Jasmine Court tributary is gradually being restored with stabilizing rock work and local species plantings.
There are walking paths, seats and viewing points from which the visitor can overlook the wetlands, observe the birds and admire the indigenous trees e.g. Red Stringybark, Yellow Box, Long-leaf Box, Swamp Gum, Sweet Bursaria and Swamp Paperbark plus many other grasses, tufties and shrubs indigenous to the City of Whitehorse.
Bird species sighted in the wetlands include the White-faced Heron, Pied Cormorant, Straw-necked Ibis, Black Duck, Black-fronted Dotterell and Australian Wood Duck.