Location: Endeavour Hills, Melways Map 82, Grids A8, B8, B9, C8 to C10, D8 to D11 & E8 to E11
Access: Churchill Park Drive (Map 82 Grid C11).
Facilities: Parking, toilets, BBQ’s, partial wheelchair access
Habitat: The park is a mixture of woodlands, forest, a small lake and grassy open spaces. Plant life includes 20 different eucalypt species, 14 wattles and 12 native orchids. Wildflowers are abundant in spring. The park is an excellent place to learn how to distinguish some of the common eucalypts and wattles of the Melbourne area.
Park Notes & Map: Click here
In 1997 these Churchill National Park and Lysterfield Park were joined by the acquisition of more land and are now treated as a single park by Parks Victoria.
Many of the mammals in the area are active only at night, but if you arrive early or leave at dusk, you may catch a glimpse of a wallaby or kangaroo. Echidnas are also common, foraging around in the daytime looking for ants and grubs in the ground and under the bark of trees. In the Summer Green and Golden Bell-frogs may be found basking in the sun.
Typical Common Birds include:
Spotted Dove; Common Bronzewing; White-faced Heron; Sulphur-crested Cockatoo; Crimson Rosella; Eastern Rosella; Fan-tailed Cuckoo; Laughing Kookaburra; Superb Fairy-wren; White-browed Scrubwren; Brown Thornbill; Spotted Pardalote; Striated Pardalote; Eastern Spinebill; Yellow-faced Honeyeater; Bell Miner; Noisy Miner; Red Wattlebird; Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike; Golden Whistler; Rufous Whistler; Grey Shrike-thrush; Olive-backed Oriole; Grey Butcherbird; Australian Magpie; Pied Currawong; Grey Currawong; Grey Fantail; Little Raven; Magpie-lark; Eastern Yellow Robin; Silvereye; Welcome Swallow; Common Blackbird; Common Myna; Mistletoebird.
Other Possible Birds include:
Brown Goshawk; Peregrine Falcon; Galah; Striated Thornbill; New Holland Honeyeater; White-naped Honeyeater.
Outings Bird Lists: For a Bird List of all recent BirdLife Melbourne Outings to this site, click here
Photograph by Bill Ramsay