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.
Our website has been updated so that it is available to be viewed on a computer as well as your smart phone.
We have also included a new section for the Bird Survey under 'Fauna & Flora > Bird Survey Results'.
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.
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.
Recently we had the opening of the Yarning Circle at Blackburn Lake Sanctuary.