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The Reserve, Flora and Fauna

Damper Creek Conservation Reserve

About the reserve

Damper Creek Reserve, Mt Waverley (Melway 61 D11) – view on Google Maps.

Parking is available at the Park Road carpark, or Park Road, or Norman Court or at the Stephensons Road carpark.

The reserve features:

  • 11 hectares of natural bush setting
  • Walking track
  • Playground (at Park Rd)
  • Wheelchair access available from the Stephensons Rd Carpark (pathway 70m north). (The south entrance in Park Rd, although steeper, may be suitable for experienced users.)
  • Dog off leash area (Please note that at present this policy is under review by Monash Council). For information and your feedback visit

Park-Friendly Behaviour
While you are visiting the park, we ask you to follow a few basic rules:

  • In an off-leash park such as Damper Creek Reserve, your dog must be under voice or whistle control and in sight at all times. Dogs must be on-lead within 200m of the playground. Please carry a lead for use if necessary and a plastic bag to collect doggie doings to be taken home with you
  • Use the hashtag #DogsofDamperCreek on instagram so we can see your happy friends
  • Cats must not be brought into Damper Creek Reserve
  • Keep to designated tracks to prevent damage to plants, erosion and encouragement of weed growth
  • Please do not feed ducks or other birdlife. Bread and other scraps attract rats and can cause nutrient build-up and algae growth
  • Please take your litter home with you


Download a PDF brochure outlining the features of Damper Creek Reserve.


Damper Creek has two vegetation communities:

Grassy Forest
Swampy Riparian Complex

Australian Native Plant Society
Greening Australia to download or view the “Gardens for Wildlife Program Booklet”


Damper Creek is of Regional Zoological Significance with 15 significant species either occurring or having at least a moderate likelihood of regular occurrence

Victorian Frog Group
BirdLife Australia
Australian Bats

Photo gallery from Jill Anderson


Despite its highly developed urban context, Damper Creek is a regionally significant refuge for fauna providing high quality habitat. The restored vegetation represents some of the best examples of revegetation, and together with remnant vegetation, provides a diversity of micro-habitats.

Damper Creek provides abundant foraging, nesting and perching substrate for a variety of native wildlife. The age of the trees is generally young but there is an abundance of older hollow-bearing eucalypts and stags (dead trees) and provision of artificial nest boxes has provided nesting opportunities for hollow-dependent vertebrates.
Search for: Urban Biodiversity Strategy 2018 – 2028, “Connecting the Community with Nature”