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Green Walks at Brimbank Park Nature Trail

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by Michellina van Loder (subscribe )
Michellina van Loder is a freelance writer living on the Bellarine Peninsula, Victoria, Australia. She’s passionate about wildlife, gardening and writing. You can visit her LinkedIn page here: www.linkedin.com/pub/michellina-van-loder/49/9b0/
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A Green Walk in the Park
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Nature's Reflection


On Friday, 2 August 2013, come for a walk at Brimbank Park. The Heart Foundation have set up 'Green Walks in the Park', an initiative funded by Parks Victoria and supported by Victoria Walks, because the activity of walking has been proven to have health benefits for the mind and body. With the aim to get more people out reaping the benefits of exercise, this program has people out walking while enjoying each other's company and the beauty of our fantastic parks, fauna and wildlife.

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The Entrance Sign to the Park

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We will meet at 10 am, out front of the Leaping Lizard Café, which sits in the heart of Brimbank Park.

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The Leaping Lizard Cafe

Bring a pair of sturdy walking shoes, some drinking water and spend the morning immersed in the park's natural, majestic beauty. Tune in to sounds of local birdsong: magpies, and cockatoos as they call out to one another throughout the treetops.

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Native Cockatoos in Flight


Listen to the soothing, bubbling brooks of the Marybynong River as water flows downstream, cascading over moss-covered rocks. Feel dappled winter sun on your skin as you walk under old River Redgums with branches shaped, twisting out across the riverbed. Relax, shed your worries away as you inhale the earthy dampness of winter's fresh morning air, and feel a meditative mood as you notice nature mirrored back at you, reflected in still waters.

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Still Waters of the Marybynong River


Take along a camera and you could just be lucky enough to snap some shots of the native fauna, home to a cornucopia of birdlife, including honey eaters, blue wrens, white-faced herons, yellow-tailed thornbills, flame robbins, parrots, galahs and the awesome, peregrine falcon. Ringtail and brush-tail possums live in amongst the river gums, lining the Maribyrnong River.


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A Cornucopia of Native Fauna and Wildlife Awaits Photographers

Brimbank Park is a State Park, situated approximately 15 kms north-west of Melbourne in the suburb of East Keilor: it's only entry point is situated just off Keilor Park Drive, which runs off the Western Ring Road. To get there, follow the Calder Freeway to the Keilor Park exit. The nearest bus stop is at the corner of the Old Calder Freeway and Flora St. Bus route 476. From here to the start of the walk, it's a 1.2 km walk. It's open seven days a week from 8.30 am until 5.30 pm—during summer, opening hours are extended until 8 pm.

Originally home to the home to the Wurundjeri people, archeological studies of the park show habitation dates back 40,000 years. Since the middle 1800's the park has been used for various farming activities; now though, it's used for recreational activities: picnics, walking, jogging, cycling, fishing and canoeing. The etymology of the name is thought to have come from a farming term where cattle were moved 'around the brim of the bank'. The park was opened in 1976 and really is one of the true Gems of the west.


Tribute: Wurundjeri Country, The Traditional Owners of Brimbank Park, Birdlife of Brimbank Park, Brimbank Park, Brimbank Park Nature Trail, The Heart Foundation, Green Walks, Victoria Walks, Parks Victoria, Great Places to Walk, Michellina van Loder, Frogs, Leaping Lizard Cafe, Urban Wildlife
A Tribute to the Wurundjeri People, the Traditional Owners of the Park

Brimbank Park Nature Trail walk consists of a mix of sealed and well maintained gravel paths, starting at Leaping Lizard Café/Parks Victoria Office, it loops around the park and then back again to the cafe. There is a short, but fairly steep climb on the walk, at this point there is the option to take an alternative route back to the café or continue on, down past the riverside and along the river bank. This Victoria Walks map shows the route and alternate routes of the walk.

Amenities
Brimbank park has a Parks Victoria office, drinking fountains, and toilets.

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Thirsty? One of Many Drinking Fountains. This one is Just Behind The Cafe


There are quite a few picnic areas dotted around the park; many have BBQs too. Bring along a picnic or some snacks to enjoy after your walk.

Note: All dogs must be kept on a lead at all times.


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One of many Playgrounds in the Park

Click here to download the Heart Foundation's Brimbank Walk Flyer.

You can register online, here

Click here for more information and to view the Victoria Walks interactive walking map.

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Sealed Path in Brimbank Park


RSVP: 31 July 2013
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 3.7 km
Meet: Outside the Leaping Lizard Café
Where: Brimbank Park, Keilor Park Drive, Keilor East, VIC 3033, Australia
Melways Reference: 15 A10
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Why? Get/stay fit; socialise; photograph wildlife and native fauna
When: 10 am, Friday, 2 August 2013
Where: Brimbank Park
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Hi Mich!
Great article and well done on the award.
cheers,
Anna B
by annab (score: 1|36) 262 days ago
Oh, that's lovely. Thank you.

Miche
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