Devilbend Natural Features Reserve, Moorooduc

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Devilbend Natural Features Reserve is a 1,005 ha park on the Mornington Peninsula 55 km south-east of Melbourne, Australia, between Hastings and Mount Martha in the traditional country of the Bunurong people. It contains two decommissioned water-supply reservoirs, Devilbend and Bittern, which were the original reason the land now in the park was not developed and was protected from general public access.HistoryThe smaller Bittern Reservoir, with a capacity of 573 ML, was built in the 1930s and Devilbend Reservoir, with a capacity of 14,600 ML, in the 1960s, being opened in 1965. The Devilbend Reservoir is the largest freshwater body in the Shire of Mornington Peninsula. The two reservoirs provided backup drinking water to the Peninsula until they were made redundant in December 2000 by the completion of a water pipeline between the Cardinia Reservoir and Pearcedale. In September 2006, most of the Devilbend reserve land was transferred to the Crown with the Devilbend Natural Features Reserve being gazetted on 8 March 2007.EnvironmentMuch of the Mornington Peninsula's native bushland has been cleared, and it is estimated that less than 5% of the original habitat remains. Devilbend is one of just a few sites on the Peninsula containing significant areas of remnant native vegetation. Over 200 species of indigenous plants have been recorded in and around the reserve, including trees, shrubs, ground plants, aquatics, orchids and their associated communities. Other sizeable fragments of bushland remaining on the Peninsula are at Point Nepean (333 ha), Green’s Bush (1100 ha) and HMAS Cerberus (1700 ha).
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  • A very pleasant reserve with nice walks suitable for families. Walk can be longer than expected. We had a picnic overlooking the lake. Toilets clean.  more »
  • If it hadn’t been for the fact that the 45 minute walk turned into a uncoordinated 90 minute slog I would have rated our experience as ‘very good’. We opted to take the Daangean Point Track, which was...  more »
  • Another great Mornington secret if the crowded beaches aren't for you. Fresh water swimming up a creek is allowed which is wonderfully refreshing. As with all State managed parks it is very well laid out with excellent facilities.
  • Great facilities and scenery. Plenty of walking/riding tracks. I did a full loop of the park - just over 16km. And I even found some tasty berries. 😁

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