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Damper Creek Reserve (Mount Waverley)

Damper Creek Reserve is situated in the South-Eastern suburbs of Melbourne. Since the re-vegetation of Damper Creek it has become a popular and peaceful place to visit.

The features of the Damper Creek Reserve are a natural bush setting and walking track, playground (at Park Rd), dog off-leash area and an area of 11 hectares.

The Friends of Damper Creek Reserve have been restoring the creek environment since 1993.

The Damper Creek Trail is an easy 2 km walk through the Damper Creek Reserve.


The water flowing here comes from an urban catchment spanning from Burwood to Mount Waverley. Rainwater, surface run-off and storm water from the house and roads within the total catchment area flow inti Damper Creek, then into Gardiners Creek, the Yarra River and ultimately Port Phillip Bay.

At the start of the trail in Park Street there is a playground on the slight hill. You then pass along a dirt track with trees and bushes overhanging the path. The creek is initially fenced off from the path except for a defined path down to Damper Creek pond.

Large quantities of storm water flow into this pond, particularly after rain. The pond slows down the flow of water and stems flooding by taking up excess water. It also acts as a filter, trapping any sediment and litter. Rocks dam the creek, creating pools and rapids which aerate the water. Reeds and sedges have been planted at the water's edges as well as grasses, shrubs and trees on the creek banks. These plants help to stabilise the creek bed and prevent erosion. The ponds are a safe haven and breeding habitat for insects, native fish and frogs. The abundance of food and shelter create an ideal home for tortoises, native water rats and birds such as the Pacific Black Duck and White Faced Heron.

There are paths on both sides of the creek - on the west site it is a wide gravel path and on the east side a bit narrower. We saw some ducks along the creek and there are a few information boards along the way. An interesting time to visit would be after rain when the creek is flowing well. At the northern end the creek disappears into/out of some concrete pipes. At night you might see bats and sugar gliders. Overall the reserve is a pleasant walk in a quiet strip of bush with a little creek for company.


Address | Contact

56 Park Road,  Mount Waverley 3149, Victoria, Australia. View Map Map opens in new browser window
Map: 61 Ref: D11

Web Links

Link Damper Creek Trail (route details)


Link Friends of Damper Creek on Facebook

  Reader Feedback  

Tanya Eitner       Posted:    12:05 PM November 14, 2017

Are there snakes in Damper creek reserve? I'm worried that my dog might get bitten.
Jeff      Posted:    5:25 PM May 27, 2017

There is a lot more to damper creek it has a lot of history that should be mentioned in the review.
Glenda Trist      Posted:    8:05 PM August 9, 2015

I googled Damper Creek because I am reading the diary of my great grandfather who attended Damper Creek School around 1866...I think it was where I unknowingly played as a youngster myself about 50 years ago!! I will have to take myself for a walk there! Glenda
Caroline      Posted:    4:20 AM August 25, 2014

I am a long time resident of Mt Waverley, and I'm wondering if anyone can tell me where the bats sleep in the day? I live on a main road, and surely the bats aren't sleeping in trees around the area. And what about the possums? Surely someone must know where they go, and there must be somewhere they congregate to sleep. I am curious, and have been for some time now. Hope someone can help. Cheers
Claire      Posted:    11:34 PM March 12, 2014

They have built a brand new park on this site to be completed in a week or two. Check it out.

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