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Jumping Creek Reserve, Wonga Park

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by Kate Smith (subscribe)
A young married mother of two who loves art, adventures and getting out there!! Oh, and also a good drop of red can't hurt.
Published August 20th 2012
Go for a jump in the creek at Jumping Creek
Calling all avid bush walkers and nature enthusiasts!

Tucked away on a stretch of road in Wonga Park is the main entrance to Jumping Creek Reserve. You could miss it if you weren't paying attention. The only real indication of the reserve being here is the boom gate and small sign at the road front.

Jumping Creek has a large recreational area with wood barbecues, picnic tables, toilets and an information shelter. Some wood is provided but it is advisable to bring your own.

For those who enjoy getting out on the river, there is a canoe launch at this reserve.

Yarra river, Wonga Park

Jumping Creek is also a pleasant spot for walking - especially for those interested birds and wildflowers.

The Jumping Creek Nature Trail (2km, 30-60 mins return) is an informative walk that provides a good introduction to various flora and fauna in the park.

Jumping Creek has two picnic areas. The main area is at the end of the access road to Jumping Creek and is serviced by Sandy Creek carpark and there is a smaller area on the left approximately one kilometre before the main area. In this area, parking is available in Ridge carpark.

The picnic area next to Sandy Bay carpark has a covered picnic pavilion and access to the toilet block on the left side of the car parking area.

The picnic tables near the toilets and main information sign are accessed via gently sloping paths. The tables do not have roll-under access for wheelchair users. The same applies to the tables under the covered pavilion. The picnic area has low-level, wood-fired barbecues with a working height of approximately 800 mm.

The river is only accessible from steps.

The nature trail that begins at the northern end of the picnic area is a narrow, natural pathway with a rough, pitted surface that is not suitable for wheelchair users or those using a walking frame.

The picnic area next to Ridge carpark, on the left of the main access road before the descent to the main area, has a number of square tables with a roll-under, open side suitable for wheelchair users. Parking, with ample space, is available next to each table.

This reserve is great for families who want to get in touch with nature, have a BBQ and after the snag head out for a walk.
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Why? Great for those who love the outdoors
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Where: Jumping Creek Reserve, Wonga Park
Cost: Free!
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