Tid  3 timmar 5 minuter

Koordinater 1383

Uploaded den 20 oktober 2017

Recorded oktober 2017

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100 m
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14,94 km

Visad 1291 gånger, ladda ned 16 gånger

i närheten av Tuerong, Victoria (Australia)

Devilbend and Bittern Reservoirs were once back up supply for the areas drinking water. In December, 2000, the reservoirs were made redundant. Six years later, the Devilbend Natural Features Reserve was opened to the public for the first time in 70 odd years.
It is now a significant area for birdlife included the near-threatened Blue Billed Duck and hosts the only known breeding pair of White Bellied Sea Eagles found on the Morninton Peninsula.
The reservoir has a large population of introduced fish species including Redfin and more recently has been stocked with Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout and Estuary Perch.
This walk began at a small carpark away from the main picnic area and followed the marked Catch Drain Circuit which as the name suggests, follows a catchment drain, but is basically a Rangers vehicle track. Also known as 'Reservoir Circuit Trail' it follows this vehicle path, over Hodgins Rd, until it meets up with the 'Bittern Circuit Trail', where it evolves into a bushwalking track. Unfortunately I found myself on the wrong side of 'Devilbend Creek' and missed one of the more remote sections at the Sth end of the reservoir itself, so where possible, stay on the path nearest the reservoir.
A small picnic area is found near the carpark.
After crossing over Hodgins Rd again the 'Reservoir Circuit Trail' is signposted as Dangean Track. This track follows the waterline, albeit quite a distance from the waterline through dense ferny bushland, open grassed areas, pine forests and native bushland.
Along the way, there is evidence the land was once used as farmland, with rusting water tanks, old fence lines and ornate trees such as apple.
The last few kilometres take you along the shoreline on well formed tracks, past the fishing platforms and leading you to the main carpark and BBQ area, before walking alongside the road, across the dam wall.
Wildlife seen on the walk included Eastern Grey Kangaroos, Black Cockatoos, two varieties of Rosella, Blue Wrens, and among the various waterfowl encountered, I manged to get within a few metres of a Black Swan and its four cygnets.
The trail was just shy of 15km and took a little over 3hours to complete with a few short stops for snacks and chats with other people I encountered.
parkering

Carpark

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No public access sign

Crossroads

Bittern Reserve

Bittern Teserve
Picknick

Bittern Reservoir picnic area

Bittern Reservoir picnic area
parkering

Bittern Reservoir parking

Crossroads

Intersection

Intersection
Crossroads

Dangean Trail/Orchid Track

Dangean Trail/Orchid Track
Crossroads

Dangean Trail / Stipa Track

Dangean Trail / Stipa Track
Crossroads

Dangean Trail / Loders Track

Dangean Trail / Loders Track
Crossroads

Crossroads

Crossroads
Insjö

Fishing platform #2

Fishing platform #2
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Swan & cygnets

Swan & cygnets
Insjö

Fishing platform #1

Fishing platform #1
Crossroads

Dangean Trail

Dangean Trail
parkering

Devilbend Reservoir parking

Devilbend Reservoir parking
Dörr

Access gate

Access gate
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Dam wall

Dam wall

12 kommentarer

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    deb9 2018-jul-07

    Did you see any koalas on this walk?

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    bruce.lockland 2019-maj-19

    I have followed this trail  View more

    Thanks Mr. Womble.... just finished this hike. Only recently discovered Devilbend, but hadn’t hiked round both reservoirs. Loved the trail! Really appreciated all the proximity alarms also! 🙏🏻 (only found Wikiloc this morning! Is awesome) was an easy hike, flat all the way.

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    Mr Womble 2019-maj-19

    Hi deb9, sorry for the late reply.
    I did not see any koala's. Echidna's are pretty prevalent in the reserve, and kangaroos.
    There are also introduced deer within the park.

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    Mr Womble 2019-maj-19

    Hi Bruce,
    Wikiloc is great hey!
    What do you mean by proximity alarms? I've not followed any trails as yet, do WP's give you an alarm?
    Cheers, Mr. Womble.

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    bruce.lockland 2019-maj-19

    Hey Mr. Womble.... you know on Garmin GPS devices how you can set a ‘proximity alarm’ for places of interest... like water sources, nice views etc. when I exported your track to my Garmin 750 proximity alarms went off often for trail crossroads, places where water birds were, road crossing.... all kinds of stuff. You didn’t add those? How would they get there?

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    Mr Womble 2019-maj-20

    Hi Bruce. No, I just run wikiloc through my smartphone and use the GPS within it.
    Looking at the map and my waypoints, is it possible the alarms were set off by my WP's? ('Fishing platform', 'Swan & cygnets' etc)?

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    bruce.lockland 2019-maj-20

    Yeah maybe? They were cool to have along the way.

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    Mr Womble 2019-maj-20

    OK. I'll keep using them when time permits.
    Thanks for following. Are you local to Devilbend, Bruce?

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    bruce.lockland 2019-maj-20

    Ok awesome. Yeah I’m in Mornington. Let me know if you want a go hiking sometime. I’ve become addicted to hiking! 😂 head out at least twice a week.

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    Mr Womble 2019-maj-20

    OK. I'm Somerville. I don't do it as much as I'd like.
    As you can see by some of my trails, I kinda like doing overnighters when I can to make the most of my free time!

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    bruce.lockland 2019-maj-20

    Cool.... I haven’t done any overnighters yet, looking too soon. Been more serious about bushwalking for the last year and a half or so.

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    bruce.lockland 2019-maj-20

    I do a lot of night hikes.... that’s when my free time is mostly.

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