It is a place to enjoy peace and quiet amongst native trees and shrubs. There is a choice of a 1.6km loop track around the 24 hectare site, or shorter tracks through the middle. A gate in the south west corner leads onto a closed section of Kilborn Road and a 700m link to the Rutherglen Wahgunyah Rail Trail. The Carlyle Bushland Reserve was established in 1998 by the Rutherglen Landcare Group and the Rutherglen School in an effort to control the salinity in the south east corner of the site. Tall wheat grass is now growing to mitigate the salinity.