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Alex Wilkie Nature Reserve

Location: Mackay Street, Springvale South (Parking available at Harold Road or Alex Nelson Reserve)

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 which is now Alex WIlkie Nature Reserve. 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.

Council continues with Alex Wilkie’s vision and offers a range of education opportunities for visitors, schools and early learning centres. Our Education Centre was opened in November 2019 and offers a range of experiences to young and old. The Nature Trail has self-guided interpretive signage and the Sense Trail is where all our Natureplay events run.

For more information or to book a tour contact Council on 8571 1702.

Opening hours

  • Sundays from 10am-5pm
  • Mondays from 9am-3pm
  • Fridays from 9am-3pm 
  • 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


  • BBQ
  • Picnic area
  • Shelter
  • Toilets 

Nearby parks

  • Coomoora Woodland Flora and Fauna Reserve
  • Burden Park