I am back again for the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge so have made the commitment to blog every day in April except the Sundays. Some bloggers choose a Theme, and others do random posts. For me, a theme works better, so the theme I’ve chosen for 2016 is Bendigo, a large provincial city in central Victoria, Australia. I live just outside Bendigo and have been in this area for only 9 years, so feel I still have ‘visitors eyes’.
N is for No. 7 Crusoe Reservoir, on the outskirts of Kangaroo Flat which is an outer suburb of Bendigo. The Crusoe Reservoir, was originally created as a water storage area to supply treated drinking water to the gold miners during the goldrush of the 19th century.
This area has been rejuvenated and re-created in recent years to provide an area for passive water activities such as swimming, fishing and non powered boating.
There are many trails and tracks for bushwalking and mountain bike riding. Trails are graded by colour coded grading to indicate the level of fitness needed.
Historic areas and markers make it possible to see the reserve as it was in the early days and an interpretive walk helps with understanding how the reserve grew from the necessity to purify drinking water.
The area is surrounded by box ironbark forrestation. This water and parkland area is a high nature conservation area. There are no bins and dogs allowed in the reserve.
No 7 Crusoe Reserve is very peaceful and quiet. An area like this, so close to the city is a fantastic asset to Bendigo’s families and visitors, and anyone wishing to enjoy the outdoors.
As with so many of the amenities in Bendigo, this reserve owes it’s existence to the goldrush.
More about the history of No 7 Crusoe Reservoir Park