Sometimes it just goes to prove that the best things in life are free. Serendip Sanctuary is a birdwatchers paradise tucked away near Geelong on the Volcanic Plains in the mountain range known as the You Yangs. The sanctuary is a beautiful open grassy woodland with wetland areas, the perfect place to learn about and experience the vibrant birdlife and ecology of the region.
There are over 150 bird species that breed or visit Serendip Sanctuary so there’s plenty to see and there’s lots to do as well. Fantastic “bird hides” allow you get get within metres of many species as they go about their fascinating business, preening, feeding, incubating their eggs and rearing their young.
The paths and walkways are gentle and well graded, they’re great for prams and wheelchairs.
You can also take the popular Wildlife Walk, offering close encounters with all sorts of creatures, not just birds. Take a stroll past emus, wallabies and Eastern Grey Kangaroos as they graze on your way to the viewing areas, hides and flight aviaries which are a birdwatchers dream come true and super fun for the kids as well.
If you’re lucky you can spot a quoll and the park rangers have lizards and other native wildlife to see up close and personal. The visitor centre is great as well, with plenty of curated and interactive displays.
When out and about in the park, lsten for the trumpeting Brolgas, look out for the soaring Whistling Kites and keep your eye out for the magnificent Yellow-billed Spoonbills. The Tawny Frogmouth camouflages itself amongst the boughs of trees and sleeps during the day, it’s always fun to spot one.
The park is open from 8am to 4pm every day except Christmas day and Good Friday. It’s also a great place to bring the family for a picnic with plenty of picnic facilities.
Image 1 Magpie Geese By Taken byfir0002 | flagstaffotos.com.au Canon 5D II + Canon 400mm f/5.6 L – Own work, GFDL 1.2, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=20196838
Image 2 By DickDaniels (http://carolinabirds.org/) – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=17881470
Image 3 By CSIRO, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=35445379