Melbourne Day Walks

Gardiners Creek, Kooyong

January 9th, 2012

Length: 5.4 km

Time taken: 1hour 15minutes (including stops for photos)

Grade: Easy

Climb: 55m

 

This walk follows the Yarra River and Gardiners Creek near the city although it does seem much further away. The most interesting part of this walk is where the track follows directly under the Monash Freeway on a hanging walkway.

 

 

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Williamstown Beach

January 6th, 2012

Length: 7.5km

Time taken: 2hour 10minutes (including stops for photos)

Grade: Easy

Climb: 55m

This walk passed through various types of scenery – historic houses in quiet tree lined streets, botanic gardens, bustling shopping strip and pier, secluded beach,  and a swimming beach.

 

Pound Bend

December 29th, 2011

Length: 4.2 km

Time taken: 1 hour 20 minutes

Grade: Easy

Climb: 87m

Pound Bend is a bushy area around the Yarra River in Warrandyte State Park. The walk is near a made man tunnel in Yarra called Pound Bend, and the track follows the river around the river then through a large cleared area before heading back through bush to the beginning.

 

 

 

Yarra Flats, Bulleen

September 11th, 2011

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Grade: Easy

Maribyrnong River

August 20th, 2011

Length: 6.6  km

Time taken: 1hour 40minutes (including stops for photos)

Grade: Easy

Climb: 80m

This walk follows the Maribyrnong River in a circuit connected by two footbridges over the river, with Maribyrnong Road roughly in the middle of the circuit. There was no shortage of picnic spots and playgrounds along this walk! It was such a beautiful day so there were people everywhere walking parts of this track.

The northern section (north of Maribyrnong Road) was much more popular than the southern part and was busy was cyclists, runners, and walkers, but I found the southern part much nicer due to it feeling more remote and bushy. I wish i’d had more time to explore the Melbourne Meat Preserving Company buildings in the Pipeworks park along the way.

 

Looking across the river to the cafe

A strange drinking fountain

The northern section of the walk was well signposted

Looking across the river at the stairs/seats

The track along the river

There were flood marker poles on both sides of the river. On one side it shows the height, and on the other the markings for previous flood events

There were a couple of log seats on the track

The first footbridge over the river

The first time i've seen a path go through a powerline

The stairs/seats up close

The second footbridge over the river

Looking down from the second footbridge

A dolphin statue

This large tree had a table setting and "house" under it

An old meat preserving factory

 

Organ Pipes

August 20th, 2011

Length: 3.0  km

Time taken: 50 minutes  (including stops for photos)

Grade: Easy

Climb: 81m

This is a fairly short walk but the geological formations here make it worth seeing. The Organ Pipes are the main feature, but the Rosette rock and Tesselated Pavement are interesting as well. The track to the formations is quite steep as it descends down into a valley, and is of course quite steep on the way up too. The rest of the walk is fairly flat. Apparently there is a bit of wildlife in this area, but I only saw lizards and bees.

The path near the visitor centre

The walk starts at the top of the valley.

The path drops steeply down the valley. It's a steep walk both up and down, but not too difficult.

Jackson River

Tree roots in the river

The Organ Pipes

Another view of the Organ Pipes with the viewing area

A flood marker in the Jackson River

The Tesselated Pavement

Another view of the Tesselated Pavement

The Rosette Rock

 

Baldry’s Circuit

July 12th, 2011

Length: 3.9  km

Time taken: 1.5 hours (including stops for photos)

Grade: Easy

Climb: 102m

This is an easy walk through a nice bushy area in the Mornington Peninsula called Green’s Bush. The area is quite pretty with no shortage of ferns and other interesting plants and trees. It rained on the day I was there causing the track to be muddy and a bit slippery, and it felt like we walked more uphill than downhill. Part of the circuit is along the Two Bays Walking Track, which is the longest walking track in the Mornington Peninsula.

 

Puddles at the beginning of the track

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Muddy track

The track included a few sets of stairs

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Boardwalk on the track

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Two Bays Walking Track signage

More boardwalk

Belgrave-Kallista

June 19th, 2011

Length: 9  km

Time taken: ?

Grade: Easy-Medium

Climb: ?

This walk starts at Belgrave Train Station and climbs up a steep road to the entrance of the Dandenong Ranges National Park. From here the walk is reasonably flat and easy for a couple of km’s up to Grants Picnic Ground. The track then loops back via a pretty ferny track with a fair share of ups and downs. Near the end of the track, in the couple of hundred metres before reaching the park entrance from the other side of the loop, the track climbs steeply, which is the only reason this walk is graded an easy-medium. Overall this is a really pretty walk, although it is quite muddy after rain as we discovered.

The road from Belgrave Station to the Dandenong Ranges National Park

Looking over to the Puffing Billy station

A steam train near Puffing Billy

The entrance to the National Park

The view along the track

Along the track

Yum yum!

Ferns along the track

 

Maroondah Reservoir Park

May 22nd, 2011

Length: 6.3  km

Time taken: 2.5 hours (including stops for photos and lunch)

Grade: Easy

Climb: 210m

This walk is a pretty circuit from Henderson’s Picnic Ground in the Maroondah Reservoir Park to Donnelly’s Weir. The walk starts by climbing up the Rose Stairway and along the dam wall before following an open aqueduct towards Donnelly’s Weir. On the way the track passes by a lookout over the Reservoir. The track then heads back along the aqueduct and diverts off towards Henderson’s Hill. At this point the track climbs steeply up to the top of Henderson’s hill, before an equally steep descent leads back down towards Henderson’s Picnic Ground.

The Dam Overflow waterfall

The Damwall

The Dam Wall

The stairs up to the top of the dam wall

Along the top of the dam wall

Maroondah Reservoir from the top of dam wall

Looking down from the dam wall

The walking bridge over the overflow area

The top of the overflow waterfall

The view of Maroondah Dam from the lookout

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The aqueduct

Walking along the aqueduct

Donelly's Weir

 

Birds Land

May 1st, 2011

Length: 6.14 km

Time taken: 2 hour, 15 mins (including breaks for pictures and chats with police about reported missing children which we saw along the way)

Grade: Easy-Medium

Climb: 164 metres

Birds Land Reserve is located south of the Dandenongs and north of Lysterfield Lake, and nowhere near as nice as either of them. The walk passes two lakes that seemed popular for walking around, and then goes through a more remote area that leads up a hill on the Sunset Track where there were some nice views of the surrounding mountains. The start of the Sunset track was quite vague and if it hadn’t been signposted I would have missed it. Even with the signpost I was still unsure whether it was the right path. Luckily it was. The path climbs up steeply to the top of the hill. The track back down, Abrahams Track, was much more well defined, but became quite muddy in places. Unlike Lysterfield Park across Wellington Rd, I didn’t see any Kangaroos or other wildlife besides the birds. I would prefer a walk around Lysterfield Park any day.

 

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The Picnic Ground and Car Park

I assume these rocks were placed around the tree.

There were lots of granite boulders around the reserve.

Lots of birds were in Birds Land (even though it wasn't named because of the birds)

 

 

The track initially follows the creek towards to the lake.

The second lake

The creek goes under the hill here.

I'm not sure exactly what this is...

The vague black line to the right is the start of the Sunset Track. Thank goodness it was signposted or I would have missed it!

A small lake at the top of the Sunset Track

The view from the Sunset Track

The junction of Sunset and Abrahams Track

The view from Abrahams Track