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Hovells Creek Trail - Grammar School to Lara

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by CassandraJoy (subscribe)
I write for Weekend Notes and I take photographs, usually sunsets and sunrises. Occasionally I include my photos in my articles. I like to promote Geelong, and activities around Geelong.
Published March 17th 2014
Geelong has some beautiful walking tracks. Today I am highlighting the Hovells Creek Trail - a walking track from the Grammar School Lagoon (car park) to Lara.

It is a lovely walk, away from highways and main roads - until you get to the highway near Lara. It is peaceful and enjoyable. I have walked along this track on my own and also walked with friends. Either way it is a lovely walking track with lots of interesting things to see along the way.

I started at the Grammar School end of the trail. Here is a view of the yachts moored in the Grammar School Lagoon.
Yachts moored at Grammar School Lagoon
Yachts moored at Grammar School Lagoon, Geelong

The track meanders beside the Grammar School Lagoon. There are seats and picnic areas along the way. This small sheltered area (top left of the photo) has a few seats inside it.
Part of the Grammar School Lagoon
Part of the Grammar School Lagoon

Another view of the Lagoon, highlighting the sky and the sun reflected in the water.
Grammar School Lagoon reflection of the sky
Reflection of the sky


Part of the Grammar School Lagoon walking trail
There's a track winding back

I walked along this track in August. It was a lovely sunny day, and the sky was beautiful. It had been a bit wet leading up to my walk so there was a lot of water laying around.
Water in abundance after lots of rain
The track below was fenced off due to flooding

I did see a few birds along the edge of the Grammar School Lagoon:
Birds at Grammar School Lagoon
Birds feeding at the edge of the Grammar School Lagoon

More of the walking trail:
The trail goes on
More of the trail, it is sealed so easy underfoot

There are seats along the trail, for when you start to feel weary:
Take a seat, rest a while
Take a seat, rest a while

The track was flooded in places. It was easy to get around as there was a small track beside the flooding where you could walk off the track, around the water and back onto the track. My feet stayed dry.
Flooding on the trail
Flooding on the trail

The track follows Hovells Creek:
Hovells Creek
Hovells Creek meanders beside the walking trail

Keep following the track, and you will walk underneath the Melbourne Road highway (which leads to Geelong).
The bridge over Hovells Creek
The bridge over Hovells Creek

Underneath the bridge. I like the pylons and the reflections.
Under the board walk
Under the board walk

And here is the start of the trail. I started my walk at the end of the trail, parking at the Grammar School Lagoon car park. All up I walked about 12 kms. in August 2013.
Hovells Creek Trail, the beginning of the track
In the beginning

At the end (or start) of the trail there are some barbecues, and covered picnic areas. The walk takes you past the barbecues, up the hill to McLelland Avenue, Lara.
Outdoor entertainment areas
Outdoor entertainment areas

I trust that you have enjoyed walking along the Hovells Creek Trail with me. It's very pretty and a peaceful walking trail.
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Where: 43-53 Flinders Avenue Lara
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