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Heathmont Rail Trail

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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 July 18th 2019
See the heath of Heathmont
Trail sign
Showing the way.

This is a linear trail running both north and south from Canterbury Road. The north section is between the railway and Campbell Street, starting at the Heathmont Station, and the south section is between the railway and Heathmont Road. At the time of writing (July 2019), the northern trail was closed as large parts of the path was being replaced. When finished ,it should provide an added dimension to the rail trail.

Detour sign.
The closed trail with reconstruction beyond.

The two sections are on opposite sides of the railway lines, so you need to cross over at Canterbury Road if you wish to walk the full trail. There are traffic lights provided.

Cyclist
One of the many cyclists using the trail.

The southern section along Heathmont Road is just over one kilometre and leads to the sporting fields of the H.E. Parker Reserve. Proceeding through the reserve, you can join up to the Dandenong Creek Trail.

Couple walking
A couple having a stroll.

The path is concrete and wide as it is a shared path for both pedestrians and cyclists. It would be suitable for wheelchairs but is a little steep in parts, but no problem if you have a strong pusher for the uphill parts and good brakes for the downhill sections.

Footpath signs.
A reminder to keep left.

The walking/cycling path meanders through some natural bushland and although there is a railway line and a road bordering both sides, you don't see them for much of the walk. A park bench is provided at the halfway point for those needing a short rest.

Pathway
A walker heading for the park bench.

Although bordered by rail and road, there are many sections when neither are visible. A word of caution if you have run-ahead children with you, as in parts, there is no fence or barrier between the trail and the railway lines. It could be an interesting experience for children to see trains whizzing past and not stopped at stations.

Train
The train cometh, heading for Belgrave.

The area is cared for by members of Heathmont Bushcare, who hold regular working bees to preserve Heathmont's precious remnant bushland.

Bush care sign.
A reminder of who minds the bush.

In springtime, you could expect to see some wildflowers. My recent walk, in winter, provided a small group of white heath, which should be expected in Heathmont.

Heath
Where else would you find heath than in Heathmont.

There were many examples of a tall grass which was unidentified (to me) and bursting with seed pods.

Grass seeds
Many of these were evident.

There were many wattle trees along the trail and they were just beginning to burst into flower giving a golden glow among the mainly green gum trees.

Wattle flowers
A colourful burst of wattle.

It's only a short, easy walk and recommended after indulging in a coffee and cake at the many eateries in the Heathmont Shopping Village.
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Where: Canterbury Road, Heathmont.
Cost: Free
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Is this a real rail trail, ie. trail created from a disused railway line?
by abrafam (score: 0|9) 25 days ago
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