A gently-flowing Seven Creeks
A gently-flowing Seven Creeks

Last Saturday twelve Tablelanders spent a glorious autumn afternoon walking along the Seven Creeks, from Polly McQuinn’s Reservoir to the Coach Rd Ck corner – a distance of 3.5 km.

This reach of the stream has a very gentle grade, no rapids or steep, rocky banks, so the only real obstacles were tributaries to the stream (wet feet!) and the occasional fence. Although the stream has ‘crown-frontage’, adjacent land is all private property, so it’s important to obtain permission before attempting such a walk. This walk is part of an on-going Strathbogie Tableland Landcare initiative to assist landholders to better manage local streams and waterways.

Seven Creeks Walk 20 Apr 2013 a
The path we walked.

The Seven Creeks is an important tributary of the Goulburn River. It’s headwaters are near Mt Barranhet in the Toorour district, then it winds its way across the Tableland, picking up numerous larger and smaller tributaries before it reaches Polly McQuinn’s Reservoir. The creek supplies drinking water to Euroa, Violet Town and Longwood and is an important asset to all the landscapes it flows through.

The Seven Creeks and it's major tributaries.
The Seven Creeks and it’s major tributaries.

During the walk we recorded 23 species of birds living along the creek, with Golden-headed Cisticola and Peregrine Falcon being two of the highlights: Laughing Kookaburra, Willie Wagtail, Grey Shrike-thrush, White-eared Honeyeater, Golden-headed Cisticola, Australasian Shoveler, Little Grebe, Black Duck, Grey Teal, Coot, Purple Swamphen, Black Swan, Red Wattlebird, Peregrine Falcon, Australian Magpie, Little-pied Cormorant, Darter, Red-browed Finch, Australian Raven, Superb Fairy-wren, New-holland Honeyeater, Crimson Rosella, White-throated Tree-creeper.

Here are some pics of the walk and this reach of the Seven Creeks.