A short 2.5 km loop around the delightful Yea Wetlands. There are water features, bridges and wildlife to be seen.Continue reading Yea Wetlands Walk
A short 6km pleasant walk around Lysterfield Lake, wildlife and scenic views of the lake make this walk most enjoyable.
Lysterfield Lake not only provides an excellent walk around the lake but it’s a mecca for mountain bike riding. In fact the venue was used by the 2006 Commonwealth Games.
Near the car park there is a separate area for cyclists and it seemed to run a fair way parallel to the walking trail. Once past the kangaroos there are many trails accessible north of the lake. Next time it will be a cycling day!
Disused Boat Ramp
When I lived in the area around the early 90’s Lysterfield Lake was one of the water bodies I tried the Hobie Cat 14 catamaran on. There’s not a long way to go in such a fast sail craft and you soon run out of room. But what spoilt the place was the park ranger who insisted I couldn’t take the boat trailer down the ramp even without the car. I had only a short distance to go wheeling the trailer down the ramp when he came running saying I couldn’t put the trailer down the ramp!
Without the trailer it was heavy to carry even with his help. His reason was that if I used the ramp then everyone would want to; but isn’t that what the ramp is for? At the time the place was almost empty as it was almost closing time so no one would’ve seen the favour. Anyway it’s now disused and I hope it at least got some use before its abandonment.
Walking along Motschall Track you follow a scenic dry stream along the road. The left turn to the connecting track is clearly marked. This part was the highlight of the walk and where we encountered our first cyclist on a walk.
Approaching Clintons Road the track borders on a carefully manicured large private property. Next the path crosses a very neat gravel driveway and continues on up the hill. Here you can walk on the road or to avoid the ten cars we saw you can use the foot track all the way to Broad Acres Road which is at the high corner of the riding club facility.
Optional Rob Roy Hill
Once you reach Rob Roy Road there is an optional leg to go up and down Rob Roy Hill Climb. As we were running behind time it was left out.
The track finishes near the riding club and before here we encountered five more cyclists! So once you get to Broad Acres Road you are walking on a road again, but this gravel road is very quiet and we encountered no traffic at all.
Back to the Car Park
Reaching the car we found the “car park” almost full, with people about to go gold panning. There is some gold still there but it’s more recreation than anything else. Probably more successful than going fishing.
As the walk is only one and a half hours long, you can go on another one; or do what we did and have a pint and lunch at the nearby Panton Hill Hotel.
Using the SHealth app that comes with the Samsung S5 a graph is generated of various statistics of your walk.
A short one hour walk which loops around Couties Road and Kings Roads, Panton Hill. Includes the scenic Felix’s Wildflower Walk.Continue reading Couties and Kings Rds, Panton Hill