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