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

Signage Survey

Friends and visitors to Blackburn Lake Sanctuary

Part of your visit will be how you navigate your way around the area, and what you do and find, when you visit.

The Advisory Committee at Blackburn Lake Sanctuary is keen to hear about your experience when you visit.

Please take part in this very short survey by clicking on the link below and submit the survey by Monday 18th October 2021.


If you have any problems, don’t hesitate to contact Anne 0412 959 044

City of Whitehorse Water Management Strategy

The Council is  developing a new Water Management Strategy to build urban resilience and adapt to climate change.
This includes improving how we manage:

  • creeks, waterways and wetlands,
  • stormwater, flooding and drainage
  • irrigation of parks and gardens
  • alternative water sources

We would like to gain your insights to help us to prioritise the strategy to shift towards becoming a water-sensitive city.
The development of this Strategy is in collaboration with Yarra Valley Water and Melbourne Water.
Consultation is open from the 1st of July to the 21st of July.

There are three ways that you can take part use the link below:

  • Take the water survey
  • Enter the photo competition
  • Tell us the location of your favourite creek



City Nature Challenge

City Nature Challenge events at Blackburn Lake

Look out for wild plants and animals to photograph, from Friday 30th April to Monday 3rd May
Then Upload your photographs to the iNaturalist app
Join in one of these many activities at Blackburn Lake Sanctuary
Let us know you are coming! Email blsac@bigpond.com or message 0437 172 333

Friday April 30th 6.30pm to 8:30pm
Finding and photographing moths and other nocturnal bugs presented by Max Campbell Pres. FNCV

Saturday May 1st 2pm to 4pm
Photographic survey of our bushland invertebrates presented by Max Campbell Pres. FNCV

Sunday May 2nd 11.30am to 1.30pm
Taking Waterbug Mugshots presented by BLS Waterwatch Team

Sunday May 2nd 2pm to 4pm
Bushland Photographic Discovery Walk with Tony Slater & Ian Moodie 

Monday May 3rd 6:30pm to 8.30pm
Spotlighting for Possums, Gliders, and other night creatures with Ian Moodie & others


Litter Trackers

As part of an awareness program about "litter in the lake", team members from the BLS Litter Action Project http://www.melbournewater.com.au/litteraction  and a Council representative from the Sustainability Dept joined the Aquest team from RMIT, to find out exactly where the litter from the lake ends up once it gets into Gardiners Creek!
The journey of 5 drink bottles containing radio trackers launched into the creek just below Blackburn Lake has been tracked on the following videos.
Be surprised and amazed, and maybe disappointed too, that we, as a community, allow any  litter to enter our waterways anywhere!

Gardiners Creek Map Video

Gardiners Creek Satellite Video

Check out the journeys of 100 other GPS-tracked bottles released in 20 creeks around Melbourne, at http://www.rmit.edu.au/littertrackers or www.facebook.com/littertrackers

You will be amazed at where some of them end up! It may be on your favourite beach!

There have been a number of updates in the first half of 2018

Remember we would love to meet you at any of our working bees - see the dates of upcoming Working Bee events on the right-hand side, under 'Upcoming Events'.

Forest Hill Rotary joined Friends at the working bee on 2nd June helping to plant and weed the area outside the Visitor Centre.

After our working bee in Juby's garden on 4th August - thanks to our loyal band of volunteers who help keep the Sanctuary looking so fine!

A newly landscaped pathway along Central Road into the Sanctuary that links the Sanctuary, near Regis Aged Care Facility, to Central Road.

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
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Upcoming Events

Working Bee

Weed Buster Month CANCELLED

Saturday October 30, 2021

Weed Buster Month, an annual special effort of weeding at the Sanctuary has had to be cancelled because of the COVID restrictions.

It was to be every Saturday Morning in October .
We hope that restrictions are lifted in time to do some weeding in November.

Working Bee

Twilight Working Bee

Thursday November 18, 2021

Thursday 18th of November.
Last Working Bee for the year! Meet at the Visitor Centre.
Good opportunity to contribute if you haven't beeen able to get to the Saturday working Bees.

Bring your mask and gloves if you have them. Tools and some gloves provided.

6pm to 8pm followed by refreshments (COVID rules apply). Celebrate the Year's efforts.

Check this years planted areas and weed where necessary.
Clean up around VC, Picnic area and Playground.