Lush, green spaces make the ever-affluent and luxurious Alphington a verdant portrait of salubrious living. While its housing stock impresses with a collection of notable modern architecture and vintage residences of historic grit and character, the untamed greenery makes living in the suburb refreshing.
One fine area in Alphington that holds testament to this is the Alphington Wetlands. Situated beyond Alphington Park, the wetlands enjoy the surroundings of the Red Gum forest and the small ponds of the Yarra River.
Teeming With Life
While the paths do not connect to either the Yarra or the Darebin trail, they make for healthful walking and cycling paths.
Visitors agree that walking across these trails is a pleasant experience as they are blessed with the shade of old and towering trees. If it had just ceased raining, you’ll hear the croaking of frogs that tells you that the environment has remained pristine despite the onslaught of modern life.
Meanwhile, strewn across the ponds are several, well-maintained floating wetland modules that preserve and make the plant life in the Alphington Wetlands even more picturesque. These floating pontoons serve as safe habitats for the various birds that have made the area their home. On top of that, the modules also sustain water denitrification, making Alphington a host for greater biodiversity.
A Heritage Area
Extending to the ever-so-scenic Yarra, the Alphington Wetlands used to be the site for the Alphington Swimming Pool. The concrete wading pool, the steps leading toward it, and the entry handrails remain as relics of the facility that stood back in the 1940s. Alphington Park’s management made sure that all visitors are educated about the heritage site’s history by providing information boards furnished with photos and write-ups about the old swimming pool and the district.
Alphington Park itself has a rich history. It was developed in 1912. Replete with historical monuments like the First World War Soldier’s Memorial (built in 1921) and the Second World War memorial drinking fountain and playground (1945), the park reminds visitors of the events that shaped Australia into the country that it is today. Such turns a simple family picnic on the park’s manicured lawns into an opportunity to enrich the younger generation’s minds.
Visit the Alphington Wetlands Today!
If you’re visiting the Alphington Wetlands, you’d be glad to know that it’s open every day including the weekends from 12:00 AM to 11:59 PM.
So you don’t need to rush. You can spend all the time you have in your hands at the Alphington Wetlands for an insightful and healthy time.