I am a mum of two and Primary School teacher whose aim is to never be home during the midday movie. I believe that I am only ever a car trip away from an adventure.
Published October 29th 2013
An unexpected calm surrounded by chaos
Karkarook Park is all about the unexpected. Firstly this lovely green oasis is situated between the hustle and bustle of the busy thoroughfare known as Warrigal Road and another very busy location, Bunnings Moorabbin. Hardly a peaceful location one would expect to find 40hectres of green grass, rolling hills and a 15hectre man-made lake filled with Rainbow Trout and Red Fin perch.
Take a peaceful stroll around Karkarook lake.
Aswell as that there are many unexpected recreational activities lying behind the sounds of trucks and traffic such as canoeing, tracks for dog walking and even hills to roll down. With so much on offer it's surprising what a relatively unknown and unused spot it is. This makes it perfect for families, individuals, couples and groups to partake in picnics, bike rides, billy-cart races, kayaking, relaxing lakeside strolls or maybe even a game of cricket on the lawn.
In a prior life this metropolitan park was once used for a storm water basin, horse agistment and market gardens but between 1997 and 2001 massive sand extraction created what is now a parkland and wetland and home to indigenous plants and local wildlife and a space for everyone to enjoy. Ducks wander freely around in search of a tasty feast and for bird watchers there is a Bird Hide construction. It's relatively large and easy to locate once you deviate off the main lake track. There is even a picnic table along the gravel road to stop and re-energize at before enjoying the local birds and the activity buzzing all about you.
The main path surrounding the lake is about 6km long and is a lovely, easy walk taking around an hour or can be done as a leisurely bike ride. It gives you a good perspective of Karkarook Park and you will soon see all the wonderful places worth exploring. A little jetty pops up about half way around and if you so wish too why not drop a line and try your hand at a spot of lazy fishing? You could also bring a kayak or canoe and use the lake for some paddling. It's best to check the quality of the water by logging onto Park Victoria as there have been past issues with algae.
The Dragonfly Picnic Carpark is probably the best place to stop at when you arrive if you are looking for a whole park experience. It leads you to a number of undercover picnic tables and some in the open space aswell. Bring sunscreen if you prefer the latter as there is minimum natural shade available. There are electric barbeques and a toilet block. You get a beautiful view of the lake and a real feel for the size and beauty of it from this spot.
The best view is from up high
There is also a high observation tower which further enhances views of the surroundings and quite often when you can drive past along Warrigal Road you can make out silhouettes on the edge of the towers walkway. And like all good family friendly spots there is ofcourse the obligatory playground. This is a wooden structure with swings and a slide and all the usual suspects that bring hours of delight to kids of all ages.
You can't have a park without a playground
Karkarook Park has so much to offer and is a spot that can be utilized by many. Find your own fun there and enjoy the calm amongst the chaos driving by.