Picnic, hike, canoe and swim at a bushland park on the Yarra
Pound Bend Reserve is a bushland park located on the Yarra River in Warrandyte. The reserve is almost completely encircled by the Yarra River, which is so windy at this point that it just about double backs on itself. With riverside walking tracks, a huge picnic area, swimming and canoeing spots, the Wurundjeri Stories Interpretive Trail, and even a fascinating historical link to the gold mining era, Pound Bend Reserve has something for everyone.
The picturesque Pound Bend Reserve with the Yarra River in the background
Right nearby are steps leading down to the Yarra River, where there's a canoe launching area and a swimming spot. Pound Bend Park is a great place to visit and cool off in summer. Take care when swimming as there can be strong currents and submerged objects such as branches.
Pound Bend also has some great short bushwalking options. From the carpark, a very short walk to the left (i.e. heading downstream along the Yarra) takes visitors to one of the reserve's strangest and most fascinating attractions: the Pound Bend Tunnel.
In the other direction heading right from the carpark (i.e. upstream along the Yarra) is a delightful walking track that follows the banks of the river. It's well marked and fairly flat, crossing over a number of boardwalks.
Along this section is the Wurundjeri Stories Interpretive Trail, which has excellent interpretive signage about the Wurundjeri people, whose traditional lands include Pound Bend. There's lots of information about the Wurundjeri peoples' history, stories, traditions, way of life, and use of local flora and fauna. Manningham Council also have an accompanying PDF that can be downloaded.
Signs along the Wurundjeri Stories Interpretive Trail
Towards the end of this riverside walk is a sign that indicates it's 1.2 kilometres from the picnic area and carpark. You can either turn back here for a return walk back along the river or turn right to follow the track away from the river uphill.
This longer walk creates a loop with a bit of a climb up the hill towards Pound Bend Road. From here, you can loop back to the carpark along the ridge top via either the fire trail (called Tank Track) or a more narrow walking track along the side of Pound Bend Road. These trails converge back at the main road entrance to Pound Bend Reserve. From here, follow the steep steps back down the hill to the Pound Bend Tunnel and then return to the carpark.