This sealed trail, shared by pedestrians and cyclists, follows Merri Creek as it winds through the northern suburbs. Starting at Dights Falls in Abbotsford where Merri Creek meets the Yarra River, the trail follows the creek all the way to the Western Ring Road Trail in Fawkner.
The path can be walked, run or cycled in entirety, as a car shuffle (park a car at either end), or by using the train service (start from Victoria Park train station and end at Gowrie) or you can just do a section of the trail. There's a detailed and informative map of the route here.
There are lots of peaceful views of the creek and surrounding bushland along the way, occasional glimpses of the city towers, along with many points of special interest.
There's also Merri Park Wetland, a 1.4 hectare area of restored wetland created by several environmental groups including Friends of Merri Creek , Conservation Volunteers and the Darebin Bushland Management Team.
Yes - CERES is brilliant - it's great to see farming going on so close to the city. I must check out their cafe next time I'm there.
By Sue Williams - senior reviewer Wednesday, 17th of August @ 11:56 pm
Last time I was on the trail I saw a daughter and her Dad visiting a low-branched gum-tree. There was a structure beneath it, like a little cubby-house, assembled out of sticks and bark. So successful was the camouflage, I wouldn't have even noticed if I hadn't seen the pair heading in its direction. Then I was charmed to realise that the cubby must have been a local secret. A special place just for the kids and parents who lived in the street bordering that part of the trail. Charming!