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BirdLife Australia Melbourne Branch



Yarra Bend Park

  Fairfield & Kew, Melways Map 30 Grids G12, H12 & J12 and Map 44 Grids G1 to G6, H1 to H6, J1 to J5 & K1 to K5

Access:  Yarra Bend Road off Heidelberg Road (Map 30 Grid H12) and Yarra Boulevard off Chandler Highway (Map 45 Grid B1).  Access is also available via residential streets in Kew – refer to maps 44 & 45.  The Yarra Bend Road access is the best access for birdwatching.

Facilities:  Parking, toilets, viewing platforms, BBQ’s, cafes; wheelchair access

Habitat:  Yarra Bend Park is the largest area of natural vegetation near the City of Melbourne.  The landscape varies from steep river escarpments to open woodlands, formal parkland, playing fields and golf courses. It has over 16 km of river frontage and superb views of the city and the Dandenong Ranges from the higher areas.
Yarra Bend Park contains some of the last stands of original bushland in inner Melbourne, with approximately half of the park covered by indigenous vegetation. The park supports a high diversity of indigenous plants (approximately 292) and is defined by two broad vegetation groups, these being Plains Grassy Woodland and Valley Grassy Forest. Yarra Bend Park contains seven of the state’s threatened flora species, one endangered, three vulnerable and three species suspected of being endangered, vulnerable or rare. In addition, 117 flora species are recognised as being important in the Melbourne Region.

Park Notes & Map:  Click here

Typical Common Birds include:

Australian Wood Duck; Pacific Black Duck; Rock Dove; Spotted Dove; Dusky Moorhen; Silver Gull; Rainbow Lorikeet; Eastern Rosella; Red-rumped Parrot; Laughing Kookaburra; Superb Fairy-wren; White-browed Scrubwren; Spotted Pardalote; White-plumed Honeyeater; Bell Miner; Noisy Miner; Red Wattlebird; Grey Butcherbird; Australian Magpie; Willie Wagtail; Little Raven; Magpie-lark; Welcome Swallow; Common Blackbird; Common Starling; Common Myna.

Other Possible Birds include:

Chestnut Teal; Northern Mallard; Australasian Grebe; Hoary-headed Grebe; Tawny Frogmouth; Australasian Darter; Little Pied Cormorant; Great Cormorant; Little Black Cormorant; Eastern Great Egret; White-faced Heron; Nankeen Night-Heron; Australian White Ibis; Brown Goshawk; Purple Swamphen; Eurasian Coot; Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo; Galah; Sulphur-crested Cockatoo; Azure Kingfisher; Brown Thornbill; Eastern Spinebill; Little Wattlebird; New Holland Honeyeater; Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike; Crested Shrike-tit; Golden Whistler; Grey Shrike-thrush; Grey Fantail; Pied Currawong; Grey Currawong; Silvereye; Mistletoebird; House Sparrow; Red-browed Finch.

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


Updated: 20-Sep-2012