Published 11 March 2020
Bushland reserves, parks and playgrounds are linked together in an extensive network of trails and sealed paths that ensure great access to the great outdoors – from avid bushwalker, to the family with a stroller or toddlers on trikes.
And there are the walks that take you along river banks, circling lakes or crossing streams and wetlands. If you’re searching for walks that feature water, here are some ideal ways to get moving in Manningham.
Warrandyte State Park
Discover the Yarra River as it weaves through almost 600 hectares of bushland at Warrandyte State Park. An area of significance for the Wurundjeri people, Warrandyte has been also known as a gold mining area, and today is a popular lifestyle choice for residents seeking the ‘best of both worlds’.
Manna Gums and Wattle are significant features and walking trails pass through sites of ecological significance along the banks of the Yarra and through the reserve.
Pound Bend is a popular destination where you can cool down from a hot walk with a summer (or any season) swim.
Popular riverside walks in Warrandyte State Park include:
- Black Flat Walk (Starts at end of Tills Drive - about 1 hour)
- Pound Bend Walk (20 mins - 1 hour)
- Mount Lofty (1.5 hours)
Other popular places to walk alongside the Yarra River include:
- Westerfolds Park Trail
- Finns Reserve, Lower Templestowe
- Main Yarra Trail
- Warrandyte Riverside Walk through Stiggants Reserve
Ruffey Lake Park
With both a lake and a creek sourced from the Yarra River, Ruffey Lake Park is a picturesque walking destination that provides plenty of space, and loads of peace, despite its proximity to city and suburban life.
Don't miss the Hill Top Circuit or the Ruffey Creek Circuit. The Ruffey Trail is marked by a sign at The Boulevarde, and continues to Finns Reserve where it joins the Main Yarra Trail.
There are plenty of picnic and playground facilities in various locations around the park.
And your doggo is welcome too.
Mullum Mullum Creek Linear Park
The Mullum Mullum trail extends for about 18.5 km along the banks of the Mullum Mullum Creek from the Yarra River to the Eastlink Trail in Donvale. Extensive planting conducted throughout the entire length of the park has restored the Mullum Mullum Wetlands through regeneration of the native riparian bushland. Walkers can enjoy bird watching, frog spotting in wetlands and even sighting the occasional koala.