Botanic Gardens is indeed good - Flagstaff is probably only worth a
visit if the owl has been seen recently. Pt Cook is probably not the
best places for waders - either Werribee (a bit further) or the
Jawbone/Kororoit Ck area is good (and with a car can be combined with
a visit to Newport Lakes). Actually Jawbone is reasonable by train (to
N Williamstown) and Newport Lakes is close to Newport Station. Banyule
can also be a good place but a little harder by public transport
On 23/09/2007, Joseph Novella <> wrote:
> I only get out occasionally due to family and work commitments, but
> my suggestion for a weekend in Melbourne would be:
> Melbourne Zoo. Brilliant aviary with selection of australian birds
> (ok they are in captivity, but it is a great zoo)
> Bus to Dights Falls on the Yarra. You will see Egrets, Cormorants,
> Swamp fowl, Rainbow lorikeets and other parrots, thornbills,
> honeyeaters, grey shrike-thrush, black faced cuckoo-shrike, etc. The
> area is famous for the bell miners and willy wagtails.
> Botanical gardens.
> Flagstaff garden has reportedly a powerful owl spotted at dusk.
> If you can hire a car, then you could try:
> Point Cook for waders, whistling kite, singing honeyeater etc.
> Organ pipe national park. Beautiful spot. Little eagles, firetail
> finches etc.
> Check out Parks Victoria website for more information and some
> downloadable info sheets
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