Date Of Walk: 20/02/2009
Length (km): 6.3 km (according to MapMyWalk.com)
Time (hrs/mins): 1 hr 40 mins
Grade: Easy
Return / Circuit / One-Way / Partial Circuit: Partial Circuit
Region: Melbourne
Park: Woodlands Historic Park
Closest Town: Greenvale
Ascent: 60 m (according to MapMyWalk.com)
Maximum Height: 170 m (according to MapMyWalk.com)
Map: Highlighted extract from ParkWeb Park Note (Woodlands Historic Park)
Further Details / Source(s): ParkWeb Park Note: Woodlands Historic Park

Getting There: I started from the carpark on Providence Road, which is off Mickleham Road (see Park Note). Take the Mickleham Road exit from the Tullamarine Freeway.

Comments: I completed a shorter section of Back Paddock a couple of months ago but I thought I’d post this as a longer option. You’ll be able to see where to go on my highlighted map (above) but have a read of my previous post anyway just to be sure (there’s no point repeating myself here).

This walk goes in an anti-clockwise direction (the opposite way to my previous walk) and crosses Greenvale Creek for a visit to the ruins of an old bluestone house, believed to have been build between 1854 and 1860. Not much remains of the house but there is an info board with an original photo and a small group of plants which would have been part of it’s original garden.

You’ll have to walk back (from the ruins) a bit further than it appears on the map to find the continuation of the track. From here, it heads back to the creek and along the south fence to the return-track, which is the first and only gravel road you will come across (turn left/north onto it).

The southern-most section of the track is very close to the airport and a quarry so it’s not the nicest place in the world but the walk is definitely worth doing if you’re in the area.

 

Cumberland Ruins

Track in the western part of Back Paddock