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TRACKS, TRAILS AND COASTS NEAR MELBOURNE





Updated: 2017-10-18T06:13:25.469+11:00

 



Tirhatuan Lake Wetlands - Rowville

2017-10-18T06:13:25.497+11:00

A 2 km circuit hike on October 17, 2017.[...]



Lilydale Lake Wetlands

2017-10-17T05:15:45.748+11:00

A 2 km exploration on October 16, 2017, starting at the Bellbird Park car-park off Swansea Rd. The track crossed the Olinda Creek over the footbridge, then up the hill to Belbird Drive and along the Boardwalk. [...]



Gawa Wurundjeri Resource Trail -Watson's Creek

2017-10-16T06:54:53.114+11:00

The GAWA Wurundjeri Resource Trail, about 30 km NE of Melbourne, is designed to provide visitors with a deeper understanding of how the Wurundjeri clan lived near Watson's Creek and used the land to provide themselves with food, medicines, implements, shelters and clothes – all created by their Dreamtime spirits. The area covers part of the homeland of the Wurundjeri-willam clan.The 1 km (return) meandering trail consists of a main track with a loop. Designed for self-guided walking, the trail introduces visitors to the habitat of a variety of native Indigenous flora and fauna, including Manna Gums, Lomandra (used to weave baskets) and Wombat burrows. Beautifully presented Inormation Photo Plaques have recently been placed along the track.The Trail is widely used as a teaching aid and enables everyone to experience the knowledge and enjoyment it has to offer."Gawa" is an Aboriginal word "Gawa" meaning Echidna.The GAWA Trail is situated on the Eltham-Yarra Glen Road, Watson's Creek (Melway 272 D5). The trail is suitable for wheelchair access. Public toilet facilities are available close by.The Photos show the scenery, environment, and features in the Gawa Reserve, which I explored on October 15, 2017.[...]



Westerfolds' Park Bushland Trail

2017-10-15T07:18:22.586+11:00

 A 2 km exploration on October 14, 2017, following the Homeshow Trail. [...]



The Ascemt of Mt Lofty - Warrandyte State Park

2017-10-11T19:33:28.061+11:00

A 2 km (return) to the summit, on October 10, 2017. This started at Lower Homestead Rd. The summit is 50 metres above the Yarra.[...]



Wombolano Bushland Park - Ringwood East

2017-10-10T06:40:21.840+11:00

Wombolano Park in Ringwood East is located on Canterbury Road and occupies 7.5 ha (18 acres). My visit was on October 9, 2017.The reserve was donated to Council by Frank L Walker in 1954 for the purpose of using it as a public recreation space and is mostly covered by bushland.The Wombolano Sensory Trail starts at the Rotherwood Avenue car park and leads through a wetland area. Seasonal ponds can be viewed from several platforms along the 2 km trail. In the centre of the park is a playground with lawn area and public toilets.[...]



Jells Park Lake in early Spring - Wheeler's Hill

2017-10-09T06:04:11.095+11:00

A 2 km (return) hike on October 8. 2017, starting from the car park at Jells Park East, then along the perimeter track to the Bird Hides [...]



Banksia Park - Heritage Trail

2017-10-08T06:05:38.828+11:00

A 2 km circuit on October 7, 2017, starting at the main car park off Templestowe Rd.[...]



Koomba Park Billabongs

2017-10-07T06:35:53.611+11:00

A 2 km hike on October 6, 2017, starting and ending at the Wantirna Recreation Reserve car park on Mountain Highway. This followed the Eastlink Trail, Transmission Line Track, and the Billabong Track. [...]



Liverpool Road Reserve - Kilsyth

2017-10-05T06:48:32.946+11:00

 Photos of October 4, 2017, on 2 km circuit hike around the main lake.[...]



Main Yarra Trail - Bond's Rd Ssctor

2017-10-04T06:18:18.728+11:00

 Photos of a 2 km (return) hike along the Main Yarra Trail, starting at the suspension bridge over the Yarra at Finn's Reserve, and ending at the Bond's Rd crossing.. [...]



Wick's NatIve Reserve - The Basin

2017-10-03T06:23:31.868+11:00

This scenic Reserve is on the corner of Wicks Rd and the Basin-Olinda Rd; Dobson's Creek runs through it. It was once part of a large property, given to the local Council in 1942.Pictures on a circuit hike on October 2, 2017[...]



Patterson's Bridge - Shepherd's Bush

2017-10-02T05:41:17.256+11:00

Photos of a 2 km (return) hike on October 1, 2017, starting at the Parks Victoria depot at the end of Shepherd's Rd. Most of the route followed the Dandenong Creek Trail, crossing Patterson's Bridge.[...]



Wurundjeri Wetlands - Blackburn South

2017-09-30T06:03:57.693+10:00

Photos on September 2, 2017. These Wetlands were constructed many years ago on the site of the former Fulton Rd Retarding Basin.  [...]



Shepherd's Bush - Linear Reserve Trail - Wantirna South

2017-09-28T05:58:17.554+10:00

Photos of September 27, 2017, on a 3 km hike, starting at the gated entrance off High St Rd. Very lush and green, following the Dandenong Creek. [...]



Pelican Lake - Wonga Park

2017-09-27T05:11:07.555+10:00

Photos on a 3 km hike of September 26, 2017, showing the scenery and environment along the Yarra River, Wonga Park. This started at the Lower Homestead Rd  canoe landing point, following the scenic wetlands trail past Pelican Lake and the Birdhide ("The Den"!). The Track runs next to the Country Club Golf Course.The trail has recently been cleared of overhanging foliage.[...]



Jells Park Lake - Wheeler's Hill

2017-09-23T06:34:48.159+10:00

Photos along the Dandenong Creek Trail as it passes Wildlife Lake on September 22, 2017. Those young ducks travel in convoys, all of them identical! 😤[...]



Birrarrung Park - Lower Templestowe - River Walk

2017-09-21T05:00:34.568+10:00

Scenery and environment on a 2 km hike, September 20, 2017. This started at the main car park and followed the Yarra, passing under the HV power lines. Main Yarra Trail is on the opposite bank.[...]



Spring Wildflowers - Westerfolds' Park Hike

2017-09-19T06:13:40.617+10:00

A 2 km circuit hike on September 18, 2017, starting at the Porter St car park, then following the Main Yarra Trail and through the bushland.👺[...]



Melbourne Water Recreation Reserve - Dandenong North

2017-09-18T06:36:23.366+10:00

Photos of the scenery and environment on  2 km circuit hike on September 17, 2017. This started at the junction of the Dandenong Creek Trail and Heatherton Rd. [...]



Koomba Park Lagoons - Wantirna

2017-09-13T05:25:48.234+10:00

Photos of  September 12, 2017, on a 2 km (return)  hike starting at the Jazz Museum on Mountain Highway. This followed part of the Dandenong Creek Trail, past the southern lagoons, then along the boardwalk to the Bridge. Many frogs in the lagoons![...]



Plenty River - Main Yarra Trail

2017-09-11T14:37:18.037+10:00





Click the PhotoBucket link to see a slideshow of all of the photos, on a 3 km (return) hike on September 10, 2017. Turnaround was at the confluence of the  Plenty and Yarra Rivers.

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Napier Park - Glen Waverley

2017-09-10T12:29:10.854+10:00

Photos of September 9, 2017, showing the scenery and environment along the Dandenong Creek Trail, starting at Napier Park. This included a visit to the Bird Hide  (in the Bushy Park Wetlands), passing the Pony Clubs' grounds and Drummies Bridge.[...]



Yarra Flats Park - Wattle Walk

2017-09-08T19:06:51.109+10:00

A 2 km circuit through the river bushland and wattles.on September 7, 2017[...]



Campbell's Croft Reserve - Vermont

2017-09-07T06:28:45.884+10:00

Photos of a 2 km circuit in the rain, on September 6, 2017. Whitehorse Council has recently erected an interestng photo information board near the Creek, which descibes  the history of the Reserve, which was originally a market garden and farm. Reached from the car parking area off Boronia Rd, or from the end of Abbey Walk.[...]