Situated at the junction of the Broadford-Flowerdale Road and the Upper King Parrot King Road in Flowerdale, Coonans Reserve is a 6 hectare parcel of Crown Land on the King Parrot Creek under the control of DEPI.
In 2005 the Strath Creek Landcare Group (SCLG) approached DSE/DEPI with a view to become a Committee of Management. That did not proceed, but the SCLG adopted the reserve as a challenging project and has since held many working bees to remove blackberry and thistles, plant seedlings, maintain tracks and mow picnic areas. The area is still undoubtably ‘weedy’ but the native vegetation is taking hold again now the blackberries have been reduced.
Not as manicured at the Moores Road Reserve, Coonans Reserve provides a unique patch of stream-side vegetation in the district containing soaring Manna Gums and Candlebarks and a range of riparian shrubs. These provide habitat for a wide range of fauna including Azure Kingfishers, Sugar Gliders and Pobblebonks. Coonans Reserve is one of the district ‘hot-spots’ for spotlight walks.
Spanning both sides of the creek, the picnic area can be accessed from Upper King Parrot Creek Road (at the SCLG sign). Camping is not permitted and no facilities are provided. If visiting, please be sure to take any rubbish with you when you leave.