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Scenic Estate Conservation Reserve

Scenic Estate Conservation Reserve

Scenic Estate Conservation Reserve overlooks a world heritage RAMSAR wetland and provides a home for native wildlife, many species of native birds including six species of threatened birds, and endangered grasslands and indigenous vegetation.

Council worked with Phillip Island Nature Parks, Parks Victoria and the State Government to develop this 28 hectare site of natural bushland and on 1 July 2015, the reserve was opened for the community and visitors to explore.

The Scenic Estate Conservation Reserve provides a key link in moving towards the future vision of Phillip Island as a connected series of environment based experiences. It is sited along the Phillip Island Tourist Road, and is easily accessed by car or bike via the shared pathway across the Island from Newhaven to Cowes. This in turn links the site with the nearby attractions of Churchill Island, Forrest Caves, and the Koala Conservation Reserve, integrating a range of ecotourism experiences.

Visiting Scenic Estate Conservation Reserve

Surface: Fine gravel.

Suitable for: Walking, all bicycles

Terrain: Flat from car park to the foreshore and the Ramsar Wetland

Environment: Coastal and grasslands

Other maps: Melways map 7317E

Public transport: V/Line coach to Anderson or continue on to Cape Woolamai and follow the bike track to Scenic Estate

Code of Conduct

•Respect other trail users

•Respect the environment and neighbours

•Slow down and warn when passing on the walking tracks

•Keep dogs on a leash.

•No dogs allowed in the foreshore reserve

•Keep to the trail

•No fires

•Do not drop cigarette butts

•Take your rubbish to the bins and recycling bins in the car park

Works Completed

•1500 metres of walking tracks connecting the attractions

•195 metres of boardwalk through the native grasslands

•Wetland constructed and planted with indigenous wetland plants

•A viewing platform overlooking the RAMSAR wetland and Churchill Island Marine National Park

•Two picnic shelters and seats around the reserve

•A car park connecting the reserve to the Phillip Island Tourist Road

•Interpretive signage highlighting the natural values of the sit

Notices of Acquisition Gazetted

In the 1960s, blocks of land were purchased by people both locally and internationally. In the 1980s the State Government declared the 'Scenic Estate' development should never be built upon and the subdivision stood abandoned for 30 years.

On Friday, 9 February 2017, Notices of Acquisition for 166 blocks in Scenic Estate were Gazetted in the Victorian Parliament. This is the beginning of the final step in returning land from this inappropriate subdivision back into public hands.