Alex Wilkie Nature Reserve
Mackay Street, Springvale South (Melways 88 K4)
Council has exciting news for Alex Wilkie Nature Reserve. A new Visitor's Centre is being built to provide an onsite area which will enable us to focus on more educational opportunities to teach biodiversity to our residents, schools and early learning centres.
However, the building works will mean that the nature trail in the reserve will be closed to the public till the end of the year. We will continue to be open on the Friday open days from 9am-3pm and the third Sunday of every month from 10am-5pm, along with the miniature railway. Please be aware that Mackay Street will be pedestrian access only. Parking will be available on the Alex Nelson side, via the Harold Road entrance and then follow the signs. Our upcoming events, including Natureplay and our Alex Wilkie Nature Reserve Spring Opening Festival will also need to be accessed via Harold Road.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
- Fridays from 9am-3pm
- Every third Sunday of the month from 10am-5pm (in conjunction with Live Steamers mini trains)
- Also available for bookings at other times
- Reserve closed during winter season (June-August)
Things to do
- Go for a ranger guided bush walk along the nature trail – a 35 minute walk through stunning bushland
- Explore the environment using your senses on the sense trail
- Enjoy the picnic facilities in a beautiful natural setting
- Picnic area
About Alex Wilkie Nature Reserve
Alex Wilkie Nature Reserve is a valuable educational and cultural resource, where the environmental heritage of the local area is preserved for everyone to experience and enjoy.
The 2.56 hectare site of heathland is one of the last remaining examples within the city of the vegetation that once covered the whole sand belt area in and around Springvale South, and is now surrounded by suburban housing.
In 1950, the Springvale South Community Association purchased 4 hectares of land on Mackay Street, Springvale South. A section of this land was left untouched due to the period flooding that occurred. That area is now Alex Wilkie Nature reserve.
In 1967, the nature reserve was fenced, and in 1969 Alex Wilkie, the superintendent of parks and gardens at the former City of Springvale, prepared a paper outlining the need for the reserve to be used as a major environment education resource for the local community. Unfortunately Alex Wilkie passed away later that year before his plans were carried out.
The reserve was officially opened to the public on 10 September 1978 and was named in his memory.
The reserve was managed by the City of Springvale from 1961 until Council amalgamations in 1994. The reserve is now the responsibility of the City of Greater Dandenong.
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