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.

Recent Events at Blackburn Lake

Parkswide Education at Blackburn Lake Sanctuary

We are very excited as the Blackburn Lake Sanctuary Visitor Centre will be undergoing an upgrade in the first half of 2018.

The new displays will be a great addition to the education program and the enjoyment of the sanctuary.

The Education Program will be utilising our outdoor spaces while the inside of the Visitor Centre is unavailable. Group sizes will be limited to one or two classes at a time.

Booking, and liaison with the Education Officer Lisa Moloney, 9262 6211, lisa.moloney@whitehorse.gov.au is essential.

Education Programs will still be happening at Yarran Dheran Nature Reserv6e Visitor Centre in Mitcham or can be accessed at a bushland park closer to your school. Incursions are also available for some programs. Contact Lisa.

Weekend events at Blackburn Lake Sanctuary will be as advertised on our notice boards, website & Facebook page .

Fisher and Paykel Healthcare Blackburn Staff and Family

On Saturday the 21St October, 25 Fisher and Paykel employees and family members gathered to volunteer their time to remove weeds and help conserve the bushland at Blackburn Lake Sanctuary- a park located a 5 minute walk from our Australian Headquarters in Nunawading.  Armed with buckets, bins, gloves and wheelbarrows the team spent a fun morning mulching and removing Briza and other weeds at a patch of ground adjacent to The Landing.

The team enjoyed hearing from the co-ordinators overseeing our work about the flora and fauna of the Sanctuary as well as some insights into local weed species and their control.  With the Sanctuary so close to the office many staff indicated that they would definitely be back to enjoy the walking tracks, lake views and playground.

Volunteers helping out Volunteers helping at Blackburn Lake Volunteers helping out Volunteers helping their commmunity More great volunteers

Spring Bird Survey

On October 8th, another Bird survey was completed. These surveys are carried out twice a year at Blackburn Lake Sanctuary the in Spring and Autumn seasons.

This most recent survey was conducted and lead by Ian, Greg and Geoff with approximately 29 people attending in total. As for the birds, there were a total of 36 different species either seen, heard or both, as the group made their way around the lake.

As this is a biannual event, we will be dedicating a space on the website for the survey results.

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.

Entrance of the Visitor Centre at the opening Mayor Cr. Phillip Daw at the opening of the Visitor Centre Blackburn Lake Advisory Committee Chairperson Sue Fenton as the opening of the Visitor Centre Inside the Visitor Centre at Blackburn Lake Sanctuary Outside the Visitor Centre at Blackburn Lake Sanctuary

Opening of the Yarning Circle

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

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Green Army at BLS

The Green Army helping out at Blackburn Lake Sanctuary Green Army Volunteers Learning

Celebrating the new lake wall artwork

Rotary volunteering helping out at the Blackburn Lake Sanctuary

The new playground is open!

Architect and family in front of the new playground at Blackburn Lake Sanctuary Architect and family in the tower of the new playground at Blackburn Lake Sanctuary Kid playing on the turtle in the new playground at Blackburn Lake Sanctuary Family playing on the rotating swing at Blackburn Lake Sanctuary Sue Fenton with the Architect of the new playground at Blackburn Lake Sanctuary

VALE Sue Fenton
9th April 1958 – 5th October 2017

In loving memory of Sue Fenton, who did so much for Blackburn Lake Sanctuary

Sue joined the Advisory Committee in November 2006 and took on the role of Chairperson in October 2008, which she held until her death, after a short battle with cancer.

Sue had a talent for encouraging people to get involved with the Sanctuary and her intelligence and passion for building a strong community, shone through.

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Upcoming Events

Working Bee

Clean up Australia Day

Sunday March 4, 2018

Blackburn Lake Sanctuary Clean Up Australia Day and Launch of Litter Project with Melbourne Water

Sunday March 4th. 10am to 12noon. Registration from 9:45am.
Meet at the Visitor Centre. Car Park off Central Road Blackburn opposite Gwenda St.

All attendees must register on site and sign off before leaving the site. This is required even if you register on-line on the CUAD website.

cleanupaustraliaday.org.au/Blackburn Lake Sanctuary

Bring gloves if you have them; we have a limited number for your use.
Please wear appropriate clothing: enclosed shoes, hat, preferably long trousers and sleeves.

Don't forget your sun cream and drink bottle (re-fills available on site).

Join us afterwards from 11:30am, for a free sausage sizzle and activities including face painting, puppets and a water bug display provided by Melbourne Water. This will be the launch of Melbourne Water / Blackburn Lake Sanctuary Litter Project.
There will be an opportunity to analyse and record the rubbish collected.

Hear from our guest speaker, Neil Blake, Port Phillip Bay Keeper, also known as
Captain Trash
and learn how you can help to reduce litter ending up in our bays and waterways.
This is a free and family-friendly event concluding about 1pm.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Working Bee

Weeding and Mulching

Saturday March 17, 2018

Weeding prepare area for planting and mulching

Meet at the Visitor Centre. 9:30am to 11:30am
Bring gloves if have them. Tools provided.
​Don't forget your sunscreen, hat and water bottle.


Possum Prowl

Friday April 6, 2018

We are going on a Possum Prowl!
Friday April 6th 6:30 pm for 7 pm sharp start, returning by 9 pm.
Meet at the Visitor Centre. Bring a torch with red cellophane, binoculars, if you have them. Leaders will have spotlights.
Wear suitable shoes and clothes. No need to book.
Not suitable for the very young or strollers.

Working Bee

Weeding Again!

Saturday April 14, 2018

9:30am to 11:30am
Meet at the Visitor Centre, wear appropriate clothing, bring gloves if you have them. Tools and gloves provided.
Please join us for morning tea after.
Activity levels to suit all abilities.
Children are welcome and must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Don’t forget your hat and water bottle.



Saturday April 21, 2018

Breakfast with the Birds

Annual Autumn Bird Survey
Saturday April 21st 7:30am to  10am
Bring binoculars if you have them, and kids, please bring an adult!
Meet at the Visitor Centre. No bookings required.
Join us afterwards for the species count, whilst we enjoy a cuppa and raisin toast in the sun.