Recently I came across a the front page article dated 4 May 2010 published in the local newspaper 'The Independent' noting "Kingston Council's grand vision for turning the Mordialloc Creek precinct into a connected and family friendly promenade from the bay to Brown's Reserve"
It made me curious so I decided to take a trip down to the Mordialloc Creek precinct to find out if there was the possibility of a leisurely walk along the side of the side of the creek.
It's a very large tract of land from the Bay to Browns Reserve so I have focused on the lesser known area from Pompei's Landing to Wells Road. This section of the creek has a path that forms part of the "Mordialloc Creek Trail" which in turn is a section of the much longer "Bay City Trail"
Pompei's bridge The starting point for my investigate was Pompei's bridge which is clearly marked by a bright red sculpture, just before Pompei's Bridge and is easily observable when you are diving along Nepean Hwy where it intersects with Beach Road. You get there either by car, boat of train (via Moridalloc Station).
Originally Pompei bridge was known Mordialloc Bridge but was renamed Pompei Bridge in 2009 to honour a local legend Jack Pompei, after the original bridge was widened. There is plaque on the bridge which in part reads "This bridge has been named "Pompei Bridge" in honour of Jack Pompei, a local boat builder who rescued hundreds of people caught in trouble in the waters of Port Philip Bay"
The bright red Pompei Boat Sculpture by Julie Squires
Pompei's Landing On the Melbourne side of the Bridge, behind the Pompei Boat sculpture, is an area known as Pompei's Landing and is the area outside Pompei's boat works. The area was given its name in 2007. The Pompei family have leased the land by the creek for many years so that they could conduct their business. Jack Pompei (dec) is a local legend who contributed much to the local community.
From the bridge I turned back and made the return journey back to Pompei's Landing. I had no idea that there was such a wonderful stretch of parkland in the Mordialloc Creek Precinct. If you have some time grab the kids or your friends and go for picnic or a walk - it's a beautiful area. I had driven past it so often and never realised what I was missing,
It is a lovely walk along that path.
A great ride in a power wheel chair also, I do it frequently and as yet have never met another wheelie!
A good ride to cross the arched bridge and ride all the way to Carrum. When it is quiet the bird life on Mordi Creek is lovely. The viewing platforms are a bit hairy, a fair bit of wash away, but you can sot on the boat ramp and watch everything on the creek. Definitely a great days outing.