Churchill National Park is a beautiful expanse of bushland located in South East Melbourne, with stunning views over the surrounding areas. This is a great park to spot local wildlife in its natural habitat and take in the abundant flora and fauna.
At the carpark, there is a sheltered picnic area with picnic tables and a gas barbeque. In summer the gas barbeque is out of service due to the danger of bushfires. There is also a toilet block and a visitor information board. There is access in the park for visitors with limited mobility and toilet facilities.
Ascending the hill there are great boulders scattered around the bushland and a grassy area which often has kangaroos basking in the early morning sun. Be careful not to get too close as they are wild animals, although they look friendly. You might even see the elusive wallaby.
A number of species of birds can be seen around the park, the most common being Bellbirds or Kookaburras. An amazing 172 species of birds has been recorded in the surrounding parks.
The park is suitable for walking, jogging and cycling; the tracks include both wide and narrow paths. There is a short 10min walk around the picnic area of Churchill National Park and also a longer 6.4km walk up to Trig Point which has fabulous views of Melbourne.
The park is often quiet and not well known, so it can be very peaceful to have a picnic or just enjoy the beautiful landscape which includes both open woodlands and forested areas.