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Bucknall Reserve

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McCallum Street, Carisbrook VIC 3464

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  • BBQ
  • Picnic tables
  • Shade
  • Walking tracks
  • Rubbish bins
  • Toilets
  • Great spot for autumn leaves
  • Playground and swimming across the bridge at Bland Reserve
Bucknall Reserve is a pretty little picnic area beside Tullaroop Creek, known locally as Deep Creek.

The grassy lawn is shaded by multiple huge trees, which seasonally provide a lovely carpet of autumn leaves - great for kids to play in! A small undercover barbecue sits by the parking area, along with rubbish bins and a toilet block.

Take a stroll down the scenic nature trail which follows the creek, and across the foot bridge in Bland Reserve you can take a short walk up to the historic Carisbrook Log Gaol.

The creek is a popular swimming spot, particularly a little stretch right by the foot bridge on the other side.

The following information is displayed on an information sign at Bucknall Reserve:

Charles Leslie Bucknall (known as Les), 1897 to 1961, was the seventh child of Charles and Frances Bucknall, descendants of early district pioneers. In 1924 as a young stock and station agent, he married Dorothy, daughter of C.W. Rankine, who was then headmaster of Carisbrook State School. The couple built their home - "Wirrana" in McCallum Street overlooking the reserve. They set out to beautify this area.

Les was a strong advocate for the advancement of Carisbrook and district. Through their work with the Carisbrook Town and Country Betterment Association, Les and Dorothy planted and nurtured many trees in the reserve, in the town, and in the district.

He worked with the Betterment Association to bring electricity to Carisbrook in 1937. Among his other interests were improving the town water supply, and membership of school and sporting committees. Between 1953 and 1961 he was a councillor in the Tullaroop Shire. He was Shire President in 1955. Les worked as a stock and station agent from his office in Green Street. The office still stands but the associated saleyards have been demolished. His work and farming interests led to him being very widely known and respected throughout the state.

He was a gentleman of energy and vision; a tower of strength in our community. Tullaroop Shire Council named this reserve the C.L. Bucknall Reserve in his honour. 

Erected by the Friends of Tullaroop Creek and Parks Victoria, 2000.

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  • There are hundreds of fantastic barbecue areas throughout the Victorian Goldfields. Some are in parks/playgrounds, others are scattered throughout the bush. Many barbecue areas are located alongside amazing attractions and walks, so go out for a barbecue and get exploring!


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