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I had great plans to visit Mt Martha Park with my children, for I heard there were two nice walks starting from the playground. So after the school pick up, we headed up the hill to the park for a play. On arrive the initial feel of the park was good; lots of shade, barbeques, picnic tables, modest playground ,a shelter with open fire place at either end, but unfortunately the roof of the structure had a big hole in it and looked a bit dilapidated.
I decided to do both walks considering they are both short, and started with the lookout first. The track is wide and close to the road and takes you past the summit post at 166 meters above sea level. The track is well posted, but there are other tracks that weave around it with no signs. On arrival at the 'lookout', I found an old wooden platform above the tree tops, though you can not access the platform, it looks as though it has been like that for several years and has warning signs on it.
On return I found a way to get on the other track, so I followed that. This track had different scenery, narrow tracks, lots of wood in piles as if someone was going to light a fire in different places, and with such thick under growth and some already burnt patches, I started to feel uncomfortable being there. Up the track a little further, I noticed camp chairs set up and other belongings lying about. I felt as if somebody was there, and it was a bit creepy.
I must say it has been the only time I have felt uncomfortable walking alone, and I was relieved to see the car.
I guess to sum it up, this park would have been lovely in its day, but unfortunately it has not been maintained and is a real fire hazard. I would not recommend these walks to anyone which is unfortunate.