Deep Creek Reserve

Deep Creek Reserve in Pakenham is Cardinia Shire’s exciting new outdoor space and it is NOW OPEN! 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:

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 will demonstrates best practice in environmental sustainable design.

Deep Creek playground features an all abilities play equipment with lots of areas to play

 

End of Cameron Way, Pakenham

Car

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.

Bus

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.

Site map of Deep Creek. See PDF in content.

 

You can also view the full sized image or download as a PDF.

The play space is a place to play, learn, get physically active, and enjoy sensory exploration.

The play space includes:

  • exciting play equipment and striking structures
  • sand and water play areas
  • shelters
  • 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.

Deep Creek playground has an all abilities swing

 

This exciting new centre features:

  • a café and lounge area
  • multipurpose function spaces with dining and bar areas
  • educational training areas
  • accessible public toilet
  • golf pro shop.

The centre is home to Pakenham and District Golf Club and Cardinia Environment Coalition, who will co-manage the building.

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.

As part of the reserve’s focus on environmental sustainability, a demonstration wetland has been established to:

  • 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.
Wetlands and paths are next to Deep Creek

 

 

Managed by Cardinia Environment Coalition volunteers, the nursery includes:

  • indigenous plants for sale
  • display gardens
  • an outdoor education space
  • propagation facilities
  • irrigation
  • 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.

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 ecolinc@edumail.vic.gov.au