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Badger Weir, Yarra Ranges National Park

  Badger Creek, Melways Map Page 10 Grid R5

Access:  Badger Weir Road (Map 278 Grid K9)

Facilities:  Parking, toilets, BBQ’s, partial wheelchair access

Habitat:  The picnic area is surrounded by protected water catchment.  The mature forest of Mountain Ash (Eucalyptus regnans) and Manna Gum (Eucalyptus viminalis) is a magnificent sight.  Hollows in these old trees provide homes and nesting sites for many native mammals and birds.  The gullies are filled with ferns.

Park Notes & Map:  Click here

Stretching from Healesville to Warburton, from the headwaters of the Yarra to Marysville, Yarra Ranges National Park was declared in 1995.  Badger Weir Picnic Area is a very popular part of the park.

The water catchment area surrounding the weir has been managed for water harvesting for more than 100 years.  The first weir was built in 1908 and in 1929 the original weir was replaced with the present weir.

Typical Common Birds include:  

Common Bronzewing; Sulphur-crested Cockatoo; Australian King-Parrot; Crimson Rosella; Laughing Kookaburra; Superb Lyrebird;  White-throated Treecreeper; Superb Fairy-wren; White-browed Scrubwren; Large-billed Scrubwren; Striated Thornbill; Brown Thornbill; Striated Pardalote; Eastern Spinebill; Lewin’s Honeyeater; White-naped Honeyeater; Golden Whistler; Pied Currawong; Grey Fantail; Eastern Yellow Robin.

Other Possible Birds include:  

Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo; Gang-gang Cockatoo; Powerful Owl; Yellow-faced Honeyeater; Red Wattlebird; Crescent Honeyeater; Grey Shrike-thrush; Australian Magpie; Satin Flycatcher; Silvereye; Common Blackbird.

Outings Bird Lists: For a Bird List of all recent BirdLife Melbourne Outings to this site, click here

Common Bronzewing
Photographs by Damian Kelly


Updated: 10-May-2015