Warrandyte State Park
The closest state park to Melbourne, Warrandyte State Park is a fantastic location for bushwalkers, canoeists, birdwatchers, families out for a picnic and those who are in search of some bush peace and solitude not far from the city.
Visitors to the popular Pound Bend section of the park will find a delightful picnic area set amongst the manna gums that line the Yarra River. Bring your own picnic blanket or use one of the tables provided. Other facilities include toilets, a canoe launching ramp and access to easy walking trails for visitors with limited mobility. Starting from the northern end of the picnic area, The Pound Bend River Walk (2.4km, 1 hour return) is a gentle and easy walk that takes you upstream along the Yarra River. Listen to the calls of the many birds as you walk through riparian forest dominated by towering manna gums. At the turnaround point, the walk will open to a grassland area where Eastern Grey Kangaroos can be frequently sighted. Return to the picnic area via the same trail.
Jumping Creek also provides picnicking opportunities close to the Yarra River. This site features tables, a shelter and toilets. For those more adventurous, launch a canoe or enjoy the river views from the walking trails. The moderately challenging Jumping Creek Nature Trail (3.5km, 2 hours return) offers a chance for solitude as you weave your way along the Yarra River corridor. This walk takes in a variety of landscapes from dry rocky cliffs to river level riparian forest. At the halfway point you will find Blue Tongue Bend, a wide-sweeping section of the Yarra River.
Fourth Hill is known for its colourful spring flower wildflower display. On The Fourth Hill Gold Heritage Circuit Walk (1.5km, 1.5 hour circuit) explore landmarks and remnants of yesteryear when those down on their luck sought riches from the gold-laden hills of Warrandyte.
If you're up for a challenge, then the Mount Lofty Circuit Walk (4.7km, 2.5 hours circuit) is for you. Located in Wonga Park, the Mount Lofty circuit walk begins at Wittons Reserve. The walk takes you upstream along the Yarra River corridor before ascending steeply to the highest point in Warrandyte State Park (Mount Lofty). Featuring spectacular views of the river, the Yarra Valley and the Dandenong-Yarra Ranges, this walk will take your breath away in more ways than one.
Things To Do
Canoeing and Kayaking
Warrandyte State ParkThe park is home to a range of species including Eastern Grey Kangaroos, Swamp Wallabies, Short-beaked Echidnas, Common Wombats, Brushtail and Ringtail Possums, Sugar Gliders and Platypus. More than 120 bird species have been recorded, including the rare Powerful Owl, Kingfishers, Robins, Honeyeaters and various birds of prey. There are snakes in the park; if you do see one, don’t panic but keep your distance. Remember that all plants and animals, including snakes, are protected.
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