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Published March 17th 2015
Rest, Picnic, Play and Perfect Panoramas
The residents of Narre Warren North are spoilt for choice when it comes to quality parks and Kurll Park with its scenic lookout, picnic grounds and expansive parklands at 109 Brundrett Road is no exception. It was donated to the Community by Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Kurll in 1974. At one time Kurll Park, which is part of the Casey foothills, was a quarry and then a landfill; a past that is no longer apparent.
From the carpark on Brundrett Road, it is a short walk up a small hill into the open parkland where immediately there are hints of the sweeping views from this place. There are two park benches here and a cairn, atop which is a dedication plaque and compass points showing the distance in kilometres to a great many places, both near and far. Some can be seen from the vantage points at the park and on a clear day you can see across to Port Phillip Bay.
There are some picnic tables and seats near gum trees and past these an oasis of bushland – trees, shrubs and grasses, tightly planted. At the park's highest point a bench overlooks sweeping vistas of urban streets, farmland and hillsides.
Green, treed hills give way to the larger blue beyond. The stretched white bird nets of the Montague Apple Orchards shimmer in the sunshine. Down the hill a little, Aranmore Lake comes into view. The lake, trees and open parkland beyond are a jigsaw worthy view.
Open parkland provides ample space for an impromptu football or cricket game. Perhaps the children will play chasey here, ride bikes or fly kites and this is indeed a splendid place to walk the family dog.
Gum trees and flowering shrubs line the edges of the park. These planted bushlands are mulched and well cared for. Eastern rosellas are plentiful here and butterflies flit about. Near the picnic tables the trunks of gum trees are a deep orange colour; just beautiful.
For those whose passion is horse riding, an equestrian trail runs parallel with the park through to Harkaway. There are plans to develop a horse riding trail that will link Ivens Reserve, locally referred to as Pony Paddocks, to Kurll Park at some time in the future.
The white bird nets of the Montague Apple Orchards viewed from Kurll Park
Kurll Park Lookout and Picnic Grounds are located at 109 Brundrett Road, Narre Warren North, 3804. (Near the intersection of Brundrett and Robinson Roads.) There is a gravelled car park at the Brundrett Road entrance, some of which is shaded. There are a number of park benches and a couple of picnic tables with seats. There are no public toilets.