Last Visited: 20/11/2009
Length (km): 2.5 km
Time (hrs/min): 25 mins
Return / Circuit / One-Way / Partial Circuit: Circuit
Park: Woodlands Historic Park
Closest Town: Greenvale
Car Access: The walk starts from the Somerton Road Picnic Area, which is on the left if heading West on Somerton Road. I get to Somerton Road from Reservoir via the Craigieburn Bypass (taking the Cooper Street exit which turns into Somerton Road). It can also be accessed via Mickleham Road (off the Tullamarine Freeway).
Once through the gates, turn right into the car park for the picnic area (you’ll see a sign that says “No horses in the picnic area”) and then park in the second lot of parking spaces on the left. The track begins just before these parking spaces and is marked by a sign, saying “Walking track”.
The ParkWeb Park Note says to cross the footbridge here but I’d suggest turning right onto the other gravel track instead (this way there are fewer tracks to choose from and therefore it’s less confusing). Follow this very clear, wide track alongside Moonee Ponds Creek, until it crosses the creek and heads back on the opposite side. Stick to the main gravel track here (most of the other tracks are through revegetation areas) and if in doubt, keep to the left (creek side). Obviously, you’ll need to cross back over the footbridge to complete the walk.
Be aware that after very heavy rains, it may not be possible to cross the creek to head back on the other side. However, this hasn’t been the case during any of my visits over the last year (even after what I would consider to be quite a lot of rain).
At the beginning of the track there is a sign about the first ranger of Woodlands Park. Signs along the rest of the path feature information about the local indigenous culture.
The creek has been unfortunately very dry on most of my visits but the scenery is really nice (if you can ignore the proximity to Somerton Road which is not so nice – only one stretch is closely bordered by the road).
Dry creek bed (Moonee Ponds Creek)
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