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Jock Marshall Reserve, Nature Walk and Monash Tan

Architect: Urban Initiatives

Monash University | MU34

Jock Marshall Reserve is a three-hectare ecological sanctuary and world-class environmental research facility located at Monash Clayton. The reserve was established in 1961 by the Founding Chair of Zoology, Professor A.J. ‘Jock’ Marshall who passionately advocated to enhance the campus’ native environment against European landscaping ideals of the time. Since then, the reserve has been progressively renewed with the planting of native trees, expansion of the lake, and establishment of islands to support a rich and valued ecosystem of bird species, aquatic life and other fauna. An award-winning 200-metre-long elevated nature walk by Urban Initiatives, extends above the reserve, protecting the fragile ecosystem and sensitive research activities below, and providing safe access between the core campus and Blackburn Road. The reserve contributes unique field study and research opportunities for students. Previously closed to the public, the reserve is now openly accessible via the nature walk, which provides exposure to the research activities being undertaken within. The nature walk links to a 1.2 kilometre cycling and walking ‘Tan’ which encompasses the sports fields. Winner of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects National Award (2017) and Victorian Award for Infrastructure (2017).

Need to Know

  • Open: Thursday 1 January 10am-4pm

  • Photography Restricted: Yes

  • What's Open: The Reserve can be experienced via the Nature Walk

  • Tour Type: MU34

  • Access: Pram accessible, Fully accessible

  • Building Type: Landscape

  • Facilities: Toilets

  • Year Built: 2016

  • Transport: Clayton campus can be reached via Bus routes 630 and 900 from Huntingdale Station, routes 733, 742, 800, 804, 862 and 900 from Oakleigh Station, as well as routes 631, 691, 703 and 737. A free shuttle service will run between Monash Caulfield and Clayton, and Clayton and Peninsula campuses. Free parking available.

  • Photo Credit: Rhiannon Slatter, Vantage Drones and Andrew Lloyd


Between College Walk and Blackburn Road, Clayton, Monash University Clayton Campus, VIC


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