As the weather heats up it's time to start thinking about places you can go to keep cool. If the great outdoors tickles your fancy Pound Bend Reserve in Warrandyte State Park could be the place for you. At the park you can enjoy the shade of the eucalypts, picnic, walk, launch your canoe or cool your feet in the water.
Pound Bend Tunnel was created in 1870 to divert the Yarra River and assist the mining activities of Evelyn Tunnel Gold Mining Company. The company closed 12 months later.
Some parts of the park, such as the picnic chairs and tables, are a little 'rustic' but if you take that in your stride it just adds to the charm. When you arrive head to the information shelter. The map on the display board will show you where you are on the map and give you an overview of the park.
Head to the information shelter to get an overview of the park.
Having a Picnic There is one table with benches at Pound Bend Reserve. However, if you're going to go to the effort of making a picnic, pop in a rug and some folding chairs. You can then choose your own picnic spot. There are plenty of options.
Walking There is a short, easy hike which takes about half an hour. To get to the walking track turn left from the carpark and head towards the walking track sign. Follow the path down the hill to get a clear view of Pound Bend Tunnel. From the tunnel you can follow the track through a small gate and continue along the Yarra River.
Pound Bend Tunnel
Bird and Animal Spotting Birds and animals abound at Pound Bend Reserve. Keep your eye out for kookaburras, koalas, echidnas and wombats. Respect the fact that the park is their home, enjoy looking but keep your distance.
Canoeing There's a canoe/kayak launch spot if you're an experienced paddler. Signs warn of strong currents, submerged objects and flooding.