Sunday, October 16, 2016

Serendip Sanctuary, Lara

After hiking Flinders Peak in the You Yangs, we arrived at Serendip Sanctuary for a well earned picnic lunch.
Serendip Sanctuary, LaraPicnic tables under trees, with emus wandering around nearby and Currawongs stopping by for a look at our menu.
Serendip Sanctuary, Lara An enclosed timber tunnel led us to bird hides at the wetlands, where we could observe the many water birds.
Serendip Sanctuary, Lara
Serendip Sanctuary, Lara
Over 150 species of birds breed or visit Serendip and we lost count of how many we saw on our walk.
Serendip Sanctuary, Lara
Serendip Sanctuary, Lara
Serendip Sanctuary, Lara Tawny Frogmouth
The Wildlife Walk took us along paths where kangaroos, wallabies, pademelon and emus wandered freely about...

Serendip Sanctuary, LaraSerendip Sanctuary, Lara
...while other enclosures were home to animals such as Quokkas.
Serendip Sanctuary, Lara Quokka
With 4 interconnecting nature trails to choose from, we wandered about for an hour or so, listening to Brolgas trumpeting as went. We didn't actually see them, but they're there...somewhere...alongside the Bustards in special breeding enclosures.
Serendip Sanctuary, Lara

As we exited the gate, we wandered through a beautiful plantation of tall trees to the carpark. Serendip is a compact space filled with all sorts of wonderful sights and worth a visit if you're in the area. 
Serendip Sanctuary, Lara
What: Serendip Sanctuary
100 Windermere Rd, Lara
When: Daily 8am - 4pm  

Why: wildlife reserve
How much: FREE

Nearby:  Flinders Peak and Big Rock Walk, You Yangs

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