Cnr Warrigal Road & Fairchild St, Heatherton
Karkarook Park, located on Moorabbin's border in Heatherton, is a man made oasis boasting a wetland, lake and bushland habitat rich with animal and plant life. A perfect location for exploring ecosystems, biodiversity, human impacts, waterways, land management and change over time in an authentic setting.
What to expect
Karkarook Park offers bush and grassland areas perfect for a variety of sampling techniques for assessing biodiversity of minibeasts, accessible lake edges for sampling aquatic invertebrates which act as environmental indicators and for observing the myriad of residential and migratory bird species feeding and resting.
This multi-use Parks Victoria site also hosts picnic shelters, toilets, bus parking and a playground.
Evidence of management strategies in place by both Parks Victoria and Melbourne Water are great discussion points on the ways that human impacts on this ecosystem are mitigated. A litter trap and serpentine wetland for filtering storm-water off local roads before it flows into Port Phillip Bay and signage about park use are two such examples.