Gardiners Creek
(Kooyongkoot)
Gardiners Creek Blackburn.PNG
Gardiners Creek through Blackburn
Location
CountryAustralia
StateVictoria
Physical characteristics
Length30 km (19 mi)
Basin sizeEastern suburbs of Melbourne

Gardiners Creek, originally known as Kooyongkoot Creek,[1] is a waterway in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, and part of the Yarra River catchment.

In a few sparse locations remnant riparian bushland survives, however the majority of its length has been heavily urbanised, and the creek has been degraded in much the same way as other Melbourne eastern suburban waterways such as the Mullum Mullum Creek and Koonung Creek. The Gardiners Creek Trail follows the creek for most of its length.

Naming

Aerial perspective of Gardiners Creek in relation to Deakin University. Shot September 2018. Altitutude: 110m.
Aerial perspective of Gardiners Creek in relation to Deakin University. Shot September 2018. Altitutude: 110m.
Tom Roberts' 1885 painting Winter morning after rain, Gardiner's Creek

The creek's original name was Kooyongkoot, from the Woiwurrung language of the indigenous Australian Wurundjeri-Baluk group,[1] which translates to 'haunt of the waterfowl'. This name appeared on early maps such as the 1840 Thomas map.[2] The creek's current name was given in honour of early Melbourne land speculator and banker, John Gardiner, who settled near the junction of Kooyongkoot Creek and the Yarra River in 1836.[3]

Geography

Course

Gardiners Creek is over 30 km (19 mi) in length.

The creek originates in the suburb of Blackburn, where many small creeks and gullies converge around Blackburn Lake. It then flows southwest through Box Hill South, Burwood, and Ashwood. Approximately at its junction with Scotchmans Creek in Malvern East it turns northwest, then continues through Ashburton, Glen Iris, Malvern, and Kooyong, before finally flowing into the Yarra River in Hawthorn.[4]

Tributaries

Map of Gardiners Creek and its tributaries
Map of Gardiners Creek and its tributaries
Murrumbeena Creek
Hercules Creek

Parklands

Upstream to downstream:[4]

Transport

The Gardiners Creek Trail, a shared use cycling and pedestrian track, follows the general course of Gardiners Creek from Box Hill's boundary with Blackburn to the Yarra River, where a bridge over the river links it to the Main Yarra Trail.[4]

The Monash Freeway/CityLink follow the Gardiners Creek valley from Malvern East to the Yarra River.[4]

Crossings

Upstream to downstream:[4]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Gardiners Creek: Aboriginal settlement". Official website. City of Boroondara. Archived from the original on 5 March 2011. Retrieved 11 February 2011.
  2. ^ "Digitalised Resource Viewer". digital.slv.vic.gov.au. State Library of Victoria.
  3. ^ "Gardiners Creek: John Gardiner". Official website. City of Boroondara. Archived from the original on 5 March 2011. Retrieved 11 February 2011.
  4. ^ a b c d e Melway: Greater Melbourne Street Directory 2007. Mt Waverley, Victoria: Melway Publishing Pty Ltd. 2006. ISBN 0-909439-24-9.

Coordinates: 37°50′S 145°02′E / 37.833°S 145.033°E / -37.833; 145.033