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.

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

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
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Upcoming Events

Working Bee

Join us for the first Working Bee for 2018

Saturday February 17, 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.

Working Bee

Clean up Australia Day

Sunday March 4, 2018

Meet at the Visitor Centre. Registration essential, from 9:45am.

Wear appropriate clothing, including enclosed shoes. Don't forget your sunscreen, water bottle and hat.
Tools and gloves (if you don't bring your own) supplied.
Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult (parent or guardian).

Join us for an hour or two. Finish at 12noon.

Note: This is our only Sunday Working Bee for the year.

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.

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.

Working Bee

Planting near Boardwalk

Saturday May 5, 2018

9:30am to 11:30am
Meet at the Visitor Centre, wear appropriate clothing, bring gloves if you have them. Tools and gloves provided.
We will be planting reeds (carex sp) near the Boardwalk and if safe near the landing.
Please join us for morning tea after.
Children are welcome and must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Don’t forget your hat and water bottle.