Friends of Emu Bottom Wetlands Reserve

Emu Bottom Wetlands Reserve was once part of the historic Emu Bottom Run, of which the homestead, Victoria's oldest, still stands on neighbouring land and is used as a reception centre.

The Reserve is sometimes known as Platypus Ponds. Here is one of our platypuses caught (and released) in a recent survey.

FEBWR, in partnership with Hume Council Environment Unit, care for 32ha along Jacksons Creek and the adjacent billabong on the historic Emu Bottom Run near Sunbury. Recent help in willow and weed removal by by Melbourne Water is also acknowledged. 

Over 21 years’ planting and steady work with the help of community volunteers has transformed the Reserve 
 from an area denuded of trees (see right) 
 to one of Sunbury's prime attractions. Weeds have been removed, and vegetation along the creek and around the well-loved  billabong 
has been restored using indigenous plants. Platypus viewing stations have been built overlooking the deep pools, which are prime platypus habitat.

We generally hold three or more community plantings per year (see Hume calendar and advertisements in local papers), working to a predetermined development plan. We warmly welcome both new members of our group and also casual volunteers at the planting days.

Come and join our plantings, meet your neighbours and enjoy a barbeque!

Planting days for 2017: 
This year we have two planting dates planned:
Sun 28 May and Sun 27 August
  10am to 12noon, followed by BBQ. Meet you there! 
Contact: Secretary, Garry Bartlett:
0419 266 676 or

See also:
Transformation of the Reserve:

Early planting at the Billabong


The Billabong now

Platypus viewing station