Discover Dandenong Creek
Dandenong Creek is an important waterway which twists and turns it way through Melbourne's urban landscape. It provides an important habitat link for fauna and flora, and offers a variety of passive recreational opportunities.
Starting in the Dandenong Ranges, the creek makes its way through the City of Greater Dandenong, joins the Patterson River, and flows into Port Phillip Bay. The Dandenong Creek Trail extends approximately 43kms, and provides the ideal way to explore the creek by foot or bicycle.
Council is working in partnerships with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and Living Links to deliver a series of amenity, revegetation and habitat enhancement projects. These will encourage more people to visit Dandenong Creek and make this important landscape more appealing to fauna and flora.
Discover Dandenong Creek comprises of three key projects:
Family and friends are invited to join us in celebrating Dandenong Creek at its annual Discover Dandenong Creek Festival.
Dandenong Creek Reserve Habitat Enhancement
Works include planting approximately 50 juvenile trees in the adjacent horse paddock and 3000 seedlings throughout the reserve, the installation of 12 nesting boxes for native fauna including birds, possums and microbats, a new mulched path, interpretive signage and fencing.
Peri Urban Weed Management Partnerships
This project is funded by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP). Weed invasion poses a significant threat to the ecological balance of an area. Council is working with Parks Victoria, Melbourne Water and Knox City Council to deliver the 'Lower Dandenong Creek Weed Management Project'. This involves removing weeds at 25 sites between 2016 and 2020. Staging the removal of weeds allows for natural regeneration and revegetation in the area.
You can help by removing weeds from your garden. Check out pages 58 to 61 of Council's 'Growing Biodiversity' booklet to get some ideas about alternative plants that would make great replacements.