Nature reserves are closer than you think – City of Casey

While the weather is fine, it’s a great time to get out in the local area and explore some of the fantastic local bushland reserves across the City of Casey.

Residents living in Four Oaks ward are lucky enough to have a number of nature reserves in their own backyard, including Jessie Traill Reserve, Casuarina Forest, Essex Park Drive Bushland Reserve and the Churchill Park Drive Wetlands.

Council recently upgraded the paths at Jessie Traill Reserve, in King Road, Harkaway, so locals can enjoy a tranquil walk or sit among the trees and spot some of the local birds and wildlife that call this reserve home.

Casuarina Forest in William Hovell Drive, Endeavour Hills is also a site to be seen with its diverse flora, including an abundance of native grass and wildflowers.

Of course, if you’re looking for a change of scenery, there are more great places to visit only a short drive away.

Head for the coast and enjoy the Blind Bight Nature Reserve (Anchorage Drive, Blind Bight) where you can immerse yourself in this coastal wonderland, exploring more than 100 species of plants.

At Woodlot Lane Reserve, (Woodlot Lane Tooradin) enjoy a stunning walk through bushland to a viewing platform over the salt marsh on the Tooradin coastline.

Casey’s remnant bushland areas are also home to some remarkable animals, including abundant bird species, echidnas, wallabies, frogs, and the endangered Southern Brown Bandicoot.

And remember, many of our native animals such as sugar glider are nocturnal, so if you’re up late, grab a torch and see what wildlife you can spot.

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