Martin Williams Nature Walk, Baroon Pocket Dam
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With Spring just around the corner, it's time to get out and about to do some much-needed (after winter couch slothing) outdoor adventuring. Somewhere between Maleny and Montville, tucked away in the Obi Obi Valley in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland
is Lake Baroon, also known as Baroon Pocket Dam. The Martin Williams Nature Walk
is accessible from Baroon Pocket Dam's southern recreational area.
The Martin Williams
circuit is named after the first ranger of Lake Baroon, Martin Williams, who worked in the Baroon Pocket Dam catchment, teaching the community about water quality and working with local farmers to reduce the effects of effluent on Lake Baroon. Martin Williams was a founding member of the Lake Baroon Catchment Group as well as having designed and created the Martin Williams Nature Walk
How to get there
From downtown Maleny, take Teak Street out of town which turns into North Maleny Road; stay on this road as it eventually turns into Baroon Pocket Road (after Eden Road). Follow the road to the very end down to the dam's edge for the Martin Williams Nature Walk
The short trail loop starts and ends here at Baroon Pocket Dam.
Trail type and length
Martin Williams Nature Walk circuit is an easy
, mostly grassy trail ideal for walkers - including children - recreational cyclists and even mountain bikers. Please note that the grass can be fairly slippery when wet and we also discovered a few muddy patches under the trees where the sun hadn't been able to stretch her drying rays - a pair of gumboots might be handy and … fun!
If you have a mountain bike, a recommendation is for bike riders to go clockwise around the swooping top section. There is no view at the top, but this section promises picturesque lakeside views. I must add here: on the actual circuit that we did, there were timber barriers, which I think would be very restrictive for bikes to get through; hence, the advice to go around the lake, clockwise.
For walkers there is a shortcut halfway along the circuit - either take the shortcut or turn back at this point - especially for those just getting out and about after winter, who don't feel fit enough to tackle the small hill section.
Highlights of the Martin Williams Nature Walk
What else is there to do after tackling the Martin Williams Nature Walk
The easy 'just-getting-back-into-it' Martin Williams Nature Walk
is accessible seven days a week from 5.30am to 6.30pm (September to April) and 6.00am to 5.30pm (May to August). This North Maleny park, with its spectacular views over the water, is perfect for a fun family day out.
Keep on the look-out for the gorgeously coloured Spring flowers, just pushing their pretty little heads through the vegetation.
PS There's plenty of parking spots for cars and paddle craft trailers too!
All images courtesy of author
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