A writer based in Melbourne. For more from Clare head to www.thegirlonthesoapbox.blogspot.com
Published January 10th 2011
A bush adventure is closer then you think.
A 40 minute drive East of Melbourne will find you deep in the heart of Victorian bushland, where a lazy day by the water
or a mountain bike adventure can be found.
With views to the Dandenong Ranges, Western and Port Phillip Bay, Lysterfield Park promises a choice of relaxation or a
chance to get close to nature by walking or riding on the many trails that trickle through the bush. What was once a water storage facility until Cardinia Reservoir was built in 1975, is now an adventure park for fitness fanatics or the pefect spot for a quite picnic.
Lysterfield Park boats two swimming coves with sandy beaches where no motorised crafts are allowed, so you only get the
sound of the lapping water and the soundtrack of over 130 different types of birds that live in the bushland surrounding the coves. The water at Lysterfield Park expands 82 hectares so there are spots for boats and the opportunity to sail but only in certain spots, so follow the signs.
The real attraction of Lysterfield Park is the many different trails and tracks which can range from a leisurely half an hour stroll to an all day bush walk. The Park is well signed so you can choose which track will be best for you.
The park is perfect for walks but cyclists from amateur to professional are drawn to the tracks. There are specific tracks for walkers and bikes and some that can only be completed by mountain bikes, but all are clearly signed. In 2006 some of Lysterfield Park's tracks were used for the Commonwealth Games, so for those who are up to the challenge, hit the mountain bike tracks.
Trailmix has recently opened at the park so if you don't have a bike you can hire one as well as pick up some information.
Along with the many birds that live there, kangaroos, wallabies, koalas and echinidas also live in the park. If you're still around the park at dusk in the warmer months you may also catch a glimpse of some possums.
Lysterfield Park offers BBQ and table facilities as well as wooden seats for when you want a break. The Park also has a cafe situated by the water.
Melways reference 108D2, enter via Horsewood Road off Belgrave-Hallam Road.
The park is open every day of the year and hours change during daylight savings. Before you go it would be best to go to the website first to see what tracks and trails are open. Depending on the time of year, some parts of the park may be closed for fuel reduction burns. Due to the park being dense bushland, the park will not be open on code red (catastrophic) fire days.