Gayle is a retired accountant and a photography enthusiast living on Victoria's beautiful Bass Coast. Gayle is passionate about writing and keen to showcase Aussie culture to a global audience. Gayle loves her family, dogs, sunsets, and chocolate.
Published March 13th 2020
Korumburra’s Best Kept Secret
Korumburra's Botanic Park is a hidden gem in Prom Country. Located behind the town shopping strip in Bridge Street, the Botanic Park features a large variety of trees, many named and labelled, along with the popular Olsen's's Creek Walk.
Follow the road in from the gates until you come to a small car park with a picnic table. From here you access a large rotunda with undercover tables, which provides a perfect location for family or group events. There is a water tap here, but no toilets or BBQ facilities. Information boards in the rotunda give details about the Olsen's Creek Walk with a map and details of flora and fauna. The Olsen's Creek Walk is accessed by crossing the bridge at the car park.
The Botanic Park offers areas of lawn in a semi-bush environment with a large variety of trees. It boasts some of the largest and most impressive northern hemisphere oaks, cedars, and elms dispersed between equally impressive native eucalypts, including manna gum. We visited in summer. I can only imagine how beautiful these trees will be in autumn, but I will certainly be going back to find out.
There are wide open grassed areas which provide the ideal space for a lazy picnic. Children can play and run with unrestrained abandon in these open areas and there is plenty of room for family cricket or football.
The Botanic Park is dog-friendly. You can walk your dog on-lead in the fenced area of the park and off-lead in the open grassed space off the car park. When we visited, we spotted a gentleman walking his two dogs several times around the Olsen's Creek Walk. I'm guessing they would all sleep well that night.
The Olsen's Creek Walk follows the banks of Coalition Creek looping through and beside the Botanic Park. It is a series of small walking trails and wooden bridges that wind through temperate rainforest alongside the small creek. I am told it has numerous cascades following rains. You will come across lovely ferns by the creek.
Walking around the park is easy both on the paths and grassed areas. There are some slopes, but these are easily avoided. There is seating in the rotunda and there are a couple of bench seats along the path. But you can rest anywhere, just sit down on the grass and admire the scenery.
The park and walk are a bird watchers dream day out. In the space of a couple of hours, we spotted kookaburras, crimson rosellas, yellow robins, wrens, red-browed finches, magpies, blackbirds, wattlebirds, golden whistler, galahs, and eastern spine bills. Many of them could be viewed at close quarters.
On the day we visited, dragonflies were there in abundance. I could have watched them for ages. There were bees on the flowers and we also came upon some beetles. Don't forget to bring your camera; you're sure to want to capture this beautiful place. It's definitely 'Instagrammable.' It may well be Korumburra's best-kept secret.
The Korumburra Botanic Park is located behind the town shopping strip in Bridge Street. There a couple of parking areas, both covered and open-air picnic tables, a tap, and some seating along the paths. There are no BBQs and no public toilets. The nearest public toilets are not far away at the old Railway Station. There is no cost to enter the park.
Korumburra is around an hour and a half from the Melbourne CBD along the M1 and the South Gippsland Highway. Have a meal at one of the eateries or bistros or make a day of it with a family visit to Coal Creek Community Park.https://coalcreekcommunityparkandmuseum.com/ (Check their website for opening days and times.) For more information and a map, go to the Visit Prom Country website.