Date of Walk: 10/05/2009
Length (km): 6 km
Time (hrs/min): 1 hr 30 mins
Return / Circuit / One-Way / Partial Circuit: Circuit
Park: Lysterfield Park & Churchill National Park
Closest Town: Narre Warren North (4 km)
Ascent: approx. 50 m (according to MapMyWalk.com)
Maximum Height: approx. 111 m (according to MapMyWalk.com)
Map: Highlighted extract from ParkWeb Park Note (Lysterfield Park & Churchill National Park – Visitor Guide)
Further Details / Source(s): ParkWeb Park Note: Lysterfield Park & Churchill National Park – Visitor Guide.
Getting There: Access is via Horswood Road, Lysterfield. Drive through the park gate at the west end of Horswood Road and take the first left. Drive all the way to the last carpark (closest to the dam wall) and park here (Melways Ref: 108 D3).
Comments: Start the walk by crossing over the dam wall. The lake will be obscured by bush for most of the remainder of the walk so enjoy the views from here. Continue to Casuarina Track where you’ll need to watch out for the many cyclists!. The park is known for it’s mountain bike riding trails and was even home to the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games cross-country mountain bike competition.
Not far along Casuarina Track, there is a signed turn-off on the right to the Acacia Nature Walk. This walk was much nicer than Casuarina Track so I definitely recommend using it as an alternative. There are interesting signs along the way with info about the plant and wild-life and there were quite a few wallabies along the way.
Once back at Casuarina Track, look out for Shortcut Track (clearly signed) where you’ll need to turn right. Turn right again at Lake Track for the journey back to the park gate. Be sure to take a right at Logan Park Track rather than into the Conservation Area, as I don’t think the Conservation Area walk will return you to the gate. From the park gate, head for the car whichever way you prefer. I made my way over to the shore-line and walked along the banks of the lake to get back to the car.
Wallabies on the Acacia Nature Walk