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Coronation Park & Watts River Walk

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by Neil Follett (subscribe)
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published January 18th 2020
Don't miss this walk
Coronation Park is a large area between River Street and the Watts River.

park sign
Our location.

It has an off road car park which hosts the River Street Market on the third Sunday of the month.

Two large open grass areas are designated off-leash areas for dogs.

Dog laying down
In the off-leash area waiting for an incoming ball.

The main attraction of the park are walking tracks, which border the park with a section following the Watts River.

Walk entrance sign.
A map of the area.

Away from the off-leash areas, the paths enter woodland consisting of very tall gum trees and shrubbery, giving an open-air feeling as you walk among the tall timbers.

tall trees
Heading into the tall timber.

The paths are wide and level and mostly compacted gravel. In the timbered area, the paths have a shallow covering of fallen leaves and no footsteps can be heard by their cushioning effect.

A wide leaf-covered path.

In dry weather, wheelchairs should not have a problem, but when wet those areas could become soft.

bush path
Another section of the wide path.

As the path approach the river, the soothing sound of running water enhances the peaceful ambiance of the area.

wooden bridge
A wooden bridge crosses a small dry creek.

At one location, close to the bank, an elevated viewing platform allows some uninterrupted views of the river, showing it is flowing well and full of snags. In times of prolonged heavy rain, the Watts River can overflow and flood the appropriately named River Street, before emptying into the Yarra River.

Watts river
A nice view of the river.

river viewing platform
Taking advantage of a better view.

Many signs along the paths indicate that local schools and community groups look after small sections of the bush. The whole area is well maintained and a credit to the organisations involved.

One of the carers.

Adjacent to the car park is an area named "The Markers." They are four poles showing an illustrated history of the Healesville area.

Read all about it.

information poles
The Marker poles.

Another area tells the platypus creation story in words and motifs, well worth reading.

platypus motif
An interesting read.

platypus motif
Platypus motif.

Around the off-leash areas are several picnic tables

picnic table
One of the picnic tables.

Starting the walk.

This would be one of the most peaceful short walks that I have made. The solitude and the quietness gives you the feeling of being miles away from civilization, but it is only a couple of hundred metres away.

Walker & dog.
A quiet walk.

Combining the Watts River walk with a visit to one of the markets would be a very pleasant introduction to Healesville.
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Why? It's almost a must do walk.
When: anytime
Where: River Street Healesville. Melways map: 270. B.12.
Cost: free
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Love those tall gums
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