Blackburn Lake Sanctuary

Sanctuary & 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.

Would you like to be more involved and become a Volunteer at Blackburn Lake Sanctuary?

As a Volunteer at Blackburn Lake Sanctuary, you would be helping to protect and enhance our native bushland, educate others in valuing the Sanctuary and sharing your passion with like-minded friends.

Advisory Committee Members work closely the Council, to have an impact on how Council manages the Sanctuary on a strategic basis as well as on regular maintenance. Committee Members also raise the concerns of residents and advise Council directly of issues of threats to the environment, like pollution, danger to Visitors or other issues in the Sanctuary.

As a Member of the Advisory Committee, you could be organising Working Bees, engaging with Visitors in the Visitor Centre, developing the skills of Volunteers, monitoring water quality, co-ordinating Bird Surveys or arranging special events, like Possum Prowls or presentations for our Community Education Program.

For more information, you could contact the Committee by email: