Deep Creek Reserve
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An amazing new place to play, and to learn about our local environment.
Deep Creek Reserve in Pakenham is Cardinia Shire’s exciting new outdoor space. A place of environmental significance, Deep Creek Reserve offers people of all ages and abilities many ways to learn, play and get active.
Deep Creek Reserve has:
- an all-abilities play space and water play area
- multipurpose function centre (with cafe)
- indigenous plant nursery
- demonstration wetland
- demonstration and sensory gardens
- environmental education sessions for schools
- walking paths.
This $12 million project was funded by Council’s capital works program and a $2.825 million grant from the Victorian Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund.
Deep Creek Reserve demonstrates best practice in environmental sustainable design.
Deep Creek Reserve wins Premier’s Sustainability Award
Cardinia Shire’s Deep Creek Reserve has won the Premier’s Sustainability Award 2021 in the category of Industry Leader - Sustainable Places.
For more information about this award, you can read the media release here.
End of Cameron Way, Pakenham
Reserve entrance and carpark: End of Cameron Way, Pakenham.
Parking: 171 car parks, including 10 disabled parking spaces. Parking is also available in surrounding streets. Please consider the neighbours as you arrive at and leave the reserve.
Via bus route 929 (bus stop at 45 Cameron Way).
On foot or bike
Bike and pedestrian access via:
- Cameron Way
- Barrington Drive
- Oakview Drive.
The reserve’s walking paths connect with footpaths along Pakenham Creek, Cameron Way, Barrington Drive and Oakview Drive.
Cardinia Environment Coalition native plant nursery
Managed by Cardinia Environment Coalition (CEC) volunteers, the nursery includes:
- indigenous plants for sale (that is, plants native to the Cardinia Shire area)
- display gardens
- an outdoor education space
- propagation facilities
- shade houses
- greenhouses for growing plants.
The friendly volunteers can give you advice on the best plants for where you live, so you can create a beautiful, wildlife-attracting garden.
For more information including opening times: CEC Nursery
All-abilities play space and water play area
The play space includes:
- exciting play equipment and striking structures
- sand and water play areas
- the ‘Bush Kinder’ outdoor classrooms
- sensory garden (recently planted, so will still be in establishment phase at the opening)
- barbecues and a drinking fountain
- indigenous plants.
The centre piece of the playground is the giant dragonfly which was designed by Benjamin Gilbert from Agency of sculpture
Multipurpose function centre
- a café and lounge area
- multipurpose function spaces with dining and bar areas
- educational training areas
- accessible public toilet
- golf pro shop.
The centre has been designed to achieve a reduction in energy and water usage. Check out the environmental sustainable design features of the centre.
The centre’s spaces are available to hire for meetings, functions and for education purposes.
A piece of public art, depicting tadpoles, by Dean Colls welcomes you to the new building and play space.
- collect water runoff from the area
- give visitors the opportunity to see how a wetland functions, how it benefits ecosystems, and learn about water in urban environments.
Environmental education for schools
Schools will get the opportunity to learn about the environment and sustainability as part of Victorian Government curriculum-based STEM education sessions to be delivered at Deep Creek Reserve from 2020. Ecolinc has been engaged to run these sessions.
Students will actively learn by utilising the reserve’s features including the eco centre, outdoor classrooms, demonstration wetlands, indigenous nursery and gardens.
To enquire about school bookings contact Ecolinc on 03 5367 0171 or firstname.lastname@example.org