Each night a nocturnal pilgrimage occurs on the banks of the Yarra River only 6kms from Melbourne’s CBD. The colony of Grey Headed Flying Foxes that roost in the trees, begin to stir around sunset and set off in unison in enormous numbers. The Bellbird Picnic Area, is set on a grassy hill beside the Yarra and provides the perfect place to watch this nightly phenomenon. This is surely Melbourne’s most amazing wildlife experience, and yet very few people know about it. It is the kind of unique experience that you would take overseas visitors to.
Bell bird Park – Off Yarra Blvd, Kew – Sunset every night (numbers of bats are higher in summer months)
Photograph taken on the banks of the Yarra, Melbourne © Artwork Kathy Holowko