Working bee on ridge track steps
Working bees to complete the ridge track steps will be conducted every Friday starting around 9.30am - as from Friday the 14th of February until finished. Please help if you can and phone Joseph Rogan on 0414772158 to register your attendance and for further details.
Threatened Species Project, Upper Campaspe Landcare Network
Last year, the Upper Campaspe Landcare Network (UCLN) engaged in the Threatened Species Project ,which focused on Brush-tailed Phascogales, Greater Gliders and Powerful Owls. The Network has recently received, a Communities Environment Grant and are pushing the project further north and have selected Blackhill Reserve as one of 20 sites for remote camera work and spotlighting. A meeting at Blackhill on Tuesday 18th February at 10am will investigate potential sites.
40th Anniversary Celebrations 24 november 2019
The 40th Anniversary Celebrations were a great success, with a moving speech by Shane Monk in his Welcome to Country, an extremely informative history of Black Hill by Ian Delacy (the text and photos of the event are on a separate page - adjacent to this page) and official opening of the beautiful panels and speech by the Mayor Janet Pearce and Councillor Jennifer Anderson. Lois Prictor and Carl Neilsen, cut the gorgeous Anniversary cake. Both Lois and Carl are original members of the Friends and have contributed enormously to the Reserve .
Lunch was enjoyed by all and the chance to catch up with old and new friends followed by a Flora walk led by the extremely knowledgeable Martin Roberts from the MRSC environment team.
Black Hill Reserve Kyneton
260 acres of natural peace and tranquility
As of February 2019 the west side of the Ridge Track is closed until repairs are conducted. For upcoming Friends events for remainder of 2019 see Friends tab of this website
Only an hours drive north of Melbourne, Black Hill offers signed walking tracks, magnificent views, great rock formations, wild flowers, Australian wildlife, natural and re-vegetated bushland. With opportunities for walking, jogging, rock climbing, picnicking, and all the fresh air you can handle!
Since the bushfire, and as per the Environmental Management Plan, all group off-track activities require Council permission.
Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a secure leash at all times for the protection of wildlife, other visitors and to protect your dog from snake bite. Please also take away with you, your dog's faeces (there are no rubbish bins on site).
Brochures setting out the various walks and with a handy map are available from a metal box beside the front gate. Black Hill Reserve is always open, day and night. We hope you enjoy your visit.
The Friends of Black Hill acknowledge the Traditional Owners of this land, the Taungurung people of the Kulin nation. We pay our respects to their ancestors and Elders, past, present and emerging.
Environmental Management Plan
The Macedon Ranges Shire Council has approved the Black Hill Environmental Management Plan (click link for a copy of the Plan).
The Plan outlines a vision for the reserve and a set of management principles and actions aimed at achieving this vision.
Bush Fire January 2015
It is now four years since the devastating fire and there has been very good regrowth in the affected areas. To support this regrowth visitors are asked to remain on the cleared walking tracks at all times.