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Blackburn Lake Sanctuary


Visitor Centre open Sundays 2pm to 4pm

A view across the lake at Blackburn Lake Sanctuary

Sanctuary and Land for Wildlife


Blackburn Lake Sanctuary is one of the few significant remaining natural bushland reserves in Melbourne and the best-known bushland park in the City of Whitehorse. With its high quality indigenous bushland, lake and wetlands, extensive walking-tracks and informative Visitor Centre, Blackburn Lake Sanctuary is a living reference to the natural and cultural history of the district.

Schools and the general community enjoy excellent learning opportunities through the Sanctuary’s well respected Environment Education Program.

An important environmental asset for residents of Whitehorse and the wider Melbourne Metropolitan Area, Blackburn Lake Sanctuary is just that – a sanctuary, a place of protected habitat for plants and animals.

Visitors are asked to respect Blackburn Lake Sanctuary’s bushland and wildlife in order to preserve this precious asset for future generations.

New Visitor Centre Entrance Official Opening

On Saturday 30th April, the newly designed Visitor Centre entrance was unveiled by the Mayor of Whitehorse Cr. Phillip Daw. The new design has transformed the once old building into a magnificent structure taking inspiration from the beak of the Wedge-tailed Eagle.

A special thank you to those who put so much time and effort into the project, and for everyone who came to the ceremony to celebrate in this milestone achievement for the sanctuary.

Wide shot of the new Visitor CentreUnveiling of the plaqueMayor Cr. Phillip Daw at the opening of the Visitor CentreBlackburn Lake Advisory Committee Chairperson Sue Fenton as the opening of the Visitor CentreThe new Visitor Centre at Blackburn Lake Sanctuary

Opening of the Yarning Circle

Recently we had the opening of the Yarning Circle at Blackburn Lake Sanctuary.

Opening of the Yarning CircleOpening of the Yarning CircleOpening of the Yarning CircleOpening of the Yarning CircleOpening of the Yarning Circle

Green Army at BLS

The Green Army helping out at Blackburn Lake Sanctuary

Celebrating the new lake wall artwork

Rotary volunteering helping out at the Blackburn Lake Sanctuary

The new playground is open!