We are so spoilt for choice when it comes to finding a family friendly walk in and around the Nillumbik area. What makes a family friendly trail? It could be a whole range of things from the distance, being pram friendly, being well signed or just a lovely nature trail to spot the amazing wildlife. Here are just a few, we would love to hear what your favourite walk around Nillumbik is.
1. Diamond Creek Trail connects Diamond Creek to Eltham and stretches for 12 km’s on a sealed path. Perfect for prams, bikes, scooters and walking. You can choose any point of the path and travel the path as far as you like. There are some great stops along the way such as Edendale Farm, Eltham North Adventure Playground and the Rotary Tram Playground at Diamond Creek.
2. Diamond Creek to Hurstbridge Trail Extension adds on another 8km’s to the above trail and is also wheels friendly. This extension is due to be completed later in 2021.
3. Eltham Lower Park has some great trails, longer or shorter. There is a loop approx. 3km’s long that stretches around the park which is wheels friendly and on a slightly undulating path. You can stop off at the Butterfly Playground too!
4. Mason Falls, Kinglake National Park, Kinglake West – A fantastic introduction to bushwalking for Melbourne kids, the 700m (one-way) Lyrebird trail to Mason Falls meanders through towering trees and fern gullies before arriving at the lookout point over the impressive waterfalls. Pause on your way for some nature play by the creek and keep your ears and eyes open – you may get lucky and spot a lyrebird!*
5. Westerfolds Park, Templestowe is a huge 120 hectare park where there are great concrete paths to take you around the park. You may see lots of kangaroos, maybe even a koala or a wombat. For older kids, Geocaching is also a big hit at Westerfolds. There is a playground and lots of drinking taps along the path.
6. Griffith Park Trail is a 3km trail at Eltham and is good for all skill levels. It’s a short out and back trail alongside the Yarra River with a small loop at the end before the return. Lots of bird watching opportunities for kids.
7. Pound Bend Loop is a 3.4km loop trail near Bend Of Islands, along the Yarra River and is good for kids in a beautiful nature setting.
8. Aquaduct Trail, Research runs along behind the industrial area behind Candlebark Court and connects with the Diamond Creek Trail and Maroondah Aqueduct Trail and is completely paved for wheels. If you’re lucky you may see a lizard on your way.
9. Plenty Gorge, 6km’s of native bushland and wetlands and home to lots of wildlife. The walk starts and ends at the Red Gum Picnic area. This trail may be suited to older children as it’s mixed with trails, grasslands and on the longer side for small kids.
10. Wombat Bend and Finns Reserve, Yarra River (Templestowe) is a 2km trail where you can head across a very cool suspension bridge over the Yarra, and finish at Wombat Bend’s gorgeous play spaces. You can continue along the beautiful Ruffey Creek trail to extend your trail further.
Some great websites to help you plan your family walk:
* Resource – ecoexplorers.com.au