Nutritionist & Life Coach
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Published May 18th 2012
When you park in Maddox Drive and observe the coarse grassland neighbouring J.T. Gray Reserve in Williamstown it's hard to imagine that an idyllic coastal vista waits just around the corner.
Hobsons Bay Trail between Maddox Road and WIlliamstown Beach
Yet follow your nose along the paved path that nature - or more accurately Hobsons Bay Council - has provided, pass the bird hide and you soon come to the wetlands at the mouth of Kororoit Creek. Most pleasingly a small lake provides a haven for many waterbirds, including some graceful black swans and some statuesque pelicans, easily observed from the bridges that link a small island amidst the lake with its east and west banks.
Black Swans and the rare "Sea Gull"
This is in fact a small section the Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail, a 23 km long path that extends all the way from the Westgate Bridge to Skeleton Creek in Altona Meadows.
Those hoping for a complete departure from the civilised world will be disappointed. This section of the walking path, flanked on one side by a wonderful coastal view, is bordered on the other by a new housing development and further along the path a retirement village. This does add a sense of security to the lone traveller and means you are far more likely to run into a well-to-do middle aged birdwatcher than a weirdo with a penchant for Wolf Creek re-enactments. This interspersed with cyclists ambling by adds to the community feel of the trail.
If you have an hour to spare a gentle amble will take you from Maddox Road to Williamstown Beach. There you can relieve the appetite you've worked up at the Sirens restaurant on the beach, or the less highfalutin Rotunda. For a quick coffee head to the Esplanade Café or to really wet your whistle walk up past the train station to the Stags Head Hotel.
I would suggest that if you wished to take in the whole trail then you would want to do so on a bicycle. Twenty three kilometres is around a half marathon and would be tough to do by foot. For a nice walk on a crisp Autumn morning with a nice meal or your favourite beverage at the halfway mark then Maddox Road to Williamstown Beach is a nice little circuit to get you through to the afternoon.
There may be cdawl0, I must admit I haven't been down that far. I suspect that once you get past Skeleton Creek it ceases to be Hobsons Bay trail and would take on the name of whatever municipality it leads into.