Areas of Interest

The Landing

The Landing - built to help visitors get close to the sights of the Lake - is a great spot to watch Eurasian Coots, Chestnut Teals, Pacific Black Ducks, and sometimes even their ducklings cruising the water.

Please note that neither fishing, nor remote-controlled boating, are permitted in the Sanctuary.

The Landing at Blackburn Lake Sanctuary.

McCubbin Lookout

Above the lake at the northern end of the Sanctuary, this is reputedly the spot where Frederick McCubbin (1855-1917) painted Bush Idyll. McCubbin lived for a time in Wolseley Crescent and regularly painted by the Lake. A print of Bush Idyll is displayed in the Visitor Centre.

A photo of 'McCubbins Lookout' at Blackburn Lake Sanctuary. A painting named 'Bush Idyll' depicting a couple at 'McCubbins Lookout' in Blackburn Lake Sanctuary.

Blackburn Lake Sanctuary Wetlands

An initiative of Whitehorse City Council and Melbourne Water, the Blackburn Lake Sanctuary wetlands were created to rehabilitate the main inlet to the Lake. Benefits have included:

The wetlands were a major project within the Blackburn Lake Sanctuary Master Plan, which underwent extensive community consultation in 1998 and 1999.

The wetlands project was undertaken in two stages:

Constructed in 2002, Stage 1 included a series of ponds to draw sediment from the water before it enters the lake, the rockwork helping to control erosion and water velocity, and oxygenate the water. Trails linking to the new vehicle / pedestrian bridge were constructed in April 2003. Revegetation with indigenous species commenced and continued through autumn 2003. Stage 1 was jointly funded by Melbourne Water and Council.

photo of ducks in the wetlands of Blackburn Lake Sanctuary.

Early 2003 saw commencement of Stage 2, involving installation of a filtration system for the purification of water before it reaches the lake. Stage 2 included:

Stage 2 was jointly funded by Melbourne Water, Council and the Environment Protection Authority (EPA), through the Victorian Stormwater Action Program (VSAP).The local community was keenly involved in the project.

Other initiatives that related to water quality improvement at the Lake included:

Before Stage 2 of the wetlands project could commence, a formal process of Planning Approval was required for the removal of native vegetation.

Gardiners Creek at Blackburn Lake Sanctuary.

For questions about the wetlands contact Allison Egan, Parks Planning & Recreation Department on 9262 6389.