Bandicoots on the Flight Path

An exciting Chain of Ponds Initiative - borne of inspiring conversations between collaborators, helping transform the Moonee Ponds Creek into an iconic Melbourne waterway.



This project is in its early stages and based around Rick van Keulen's 'Marsupial Masterpiece' at Iramoo Grasslands. The thinking is to plant 4 or 5 bandicoots on Parks Victoria and Melbourne airport land over 3-5 years.

'Bandicoots crossing the Western Plains will be seen from the air by passengers departing from and arriving at Melbourne Airport. Revegetated Indigenous wildflowers, planted in the shape of giant bandicoots will be created by schools, community groups and local Melbourne Airport and Parks Victoria Staff; with ongoing programs to maintain stewardship of the bandicoots over time.'

These Bandicoot grassland icons will be part of the nearby works at the Woodlands Historic Park to upgrade the Moonee Ponds Creek ‘Bandicoots to Bay’ Shared Trail including the Wurundjeri  Murrup Gurrong Yan (Spiritual Creek Walk), Woodlands Historic Park, Greenvale.

Project Partners include: Steve Cantwell & Tim Liddell (Parks Victoria), Rachel Lopes (Chain of Ponds), Catherine van Wilgenberg (Living Colour Studios), David Woods (Melbourne Airport), Travis Scicchitano (Conservation Volunteers Australia), Rick van Keulen (Iramoo Grasslands Reserve) and Friends of Woodlands Historic Park.

Project Manager: Tim Liddell, Parks Victoria

Project Update: 28 March 2022

Tin collected from Northcote, compliments of David Woods.

project related documents


Bunjil and Bandicoots Flight Path Brochure