To concentrate the many features of a long river, down into the confines of the traditional cartographic rectangular shape I have used the ribbon map technique. It illustrates the course of the Werribee River from it source in the Wombat forest down to the sea.
ACCESS POINTS IN WYNDHAM DISTRICT
1. J.D Bellin Reserve. Werribee South
2. Grahams Wetlands Reserve. Werribee South.
3. K.Rd Cliffs. Werribee South.
4. Werribee Park Mansion. Werribee South.
5. Werribee River Park. Farm Rd.
6. Chirnside Park. Werribee CBD
7. Wyndham Park. Werribee CBD
8. Werribee River Trail. Werribee CBD.
9. Presidents Park. Wyndham Vale.
10.Werribee River Linear Reserve. Werribee.
11. Riverbend Historical Park. Werribee
12. Cobbledicks Streamside Reserve. Mt Cottrell.
13. Werribee Streamside Reserve. Mt Cottrell.
14. Melton Reservoir. Melton
15. Werribee Gorge. N.W. of Bacchus Marsh.
This list is not exclusive.There would be many more access
points in country districts.
THE WERRIBEE RIVER
If the Werribee river was a person it could be said to be living a fascinating life. It begins with a just a few trickles in the forest that merge and flow into a stream, that curls and twists between the ferns and orchids and the grasses and Grevilleas, beneath the tall Eucalypts.
The Werribee River begins its journey in the Wombat Forest in North East Victoria. Like all rivers it begins as small streams that combine to form a stronger flow. It follows a path through the woods until in time, it breaks free into the light as it meanders its way, guided by the contour of the land, past the wheat fields and dairy farms. Further along it enters the Werribee gorge, with dramatic tall cliffs and hills rising spectacularly by its sides. On it goes, meandering through the patchwork of farming communities. Its large tributary, the Lederberg River and small creeks will merge to increase the flow. Its waters will irrigate the market gardens of Bacchus Marsh. Further on it widens out into the Melton reservoir. In and out its curvy trail goes, as it heads towards the suburban outskirts of Wyndham. It then passes through the city of Werribee itself with many parks and reserves by its side. It passes beneath the bridges to glides on pass the Open Range Zoo, the Werribee Mansion, the local golf club and the dramatic K Rd Red cliffs. At last, it reaches its estuary. Here is on one side a wetland reserve, and on the other an adventure playground and finally it becomes one with the sea at Werribee South. Now that’s an interesting life.
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