As the warmer weather approaches everyone is out and about trying to tone up for the summer months. I'm going to let you in on a little known training spot down on the Mornington Peninsula that has become a "mecca" for boot campers and personal trainees. Down in the small leafy suburb of Mount Eliza, about one hour from Melbourne, is the old Moorooduc quarry.
Established in 1887, the quarry was primarily used to transport stone and ballast to facilitate the construction of a nearby railway line. It was closed in 1961 following severe flooding and has since become a haven for bush walkers and is a great place for recreational sports.
There a number of easy walking tracks right through the reserve where you can take in the native flora and fauna.
This one is for all the fitness fanatics out there as there, the 1.7km circuit takes you to the top of the quarry offering spectacular views of Moorooduc and Mornington bush and farmland. It is quite steep and unsteady in places and there are over 200 steps taking you to the peak of the quarry. Known as the 'stair run' to locals, it has become quite a popular training spot for boot camp groups, fitness groups and football teams who are after torturous training sessions. For such a remote area, stair traffic can be rather busy, particularly in the mornings on the weekend.
You can enter the quarry from one of three entrances, Two Bays road, Station Street or Canadian Bay road from the top. It is probably best to begin from the bottom at Station street, that way you can walk up to the water area and then begin the tough climb to the top. Don't forget there are a number of lookouts along the way, perfect for a little breather.
For the relaxed weekenders, the Moorooduc quarry is a great place to observe the native flora and fauna and sparkling deep water of the quarry itself. This area is well-known for native wildflowers and grasses as well as many species of native birds. If you're lucky enough you may even spot the odd echidna and koala throughout the reserve.
If this all sounds to much for you, part of the Mount Eliza regional park there are also two parks adjacent to the quarry, featuring boardwalks, play equipment, a large lake, leash free dog walking areas and picnic and barbeque facilities. Just perfect for you, your friends and your family. Sorry got to run. I'm off to get fit!
Access via the bottom of Two Bays Road (off Moorooduc Highway) Mount Eliza, Victoria
Wonderful. One of those parks is right next to the Mornington Railway. And if you are at the upper side of the Flora and Fauna reserve especially at sunrise or sunset, the view is spectacular. Thankyou. Great story and lovely local parks.
By Jody Kimber - senior reviewer Thursday, 3rd of March @ 05:39 am