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Published June 7th 2012
Ringwood Lake Park
Ringwood Lake Park, probably the most treasured of all community facilities in Ringwood, is situated at the junction of Maroondah Highway and Mt Dandenong Road. The 8.5 hectare space is often the site for Australia Day celebrations, concerts, and festivals, as well as a community meeting place.

Shared paths for cyclists and walkers
Sealed and unsealed walking/cycling tracks circle the lake's 1km shoreline. Lush grassy slopes by the sound shell accommodate picnics or ball games, and an inviting bridge and pavilion extend across the lake.
Fishing platform
Fishers are welcome to throw in a line and barbecues and picnic tables are positioned close to the playground, and around the lake.
Space for picnics and ball games

Shared paths for walkers and cyclists guide patrons past various water features, through bush woodlands and a fern gully. The Ringwood Lake Circuit Walk is highly recommended. Ignore any reference to the Miner's Cottage. It was burnt down by vandals in 2009, but the signage remains. Dogs must be leashed at all times.
Take a stroll around the lake

The story of Ringwood Lake began in 1926 with the damming of the former Sandy Creek, in order to establish an artificial lake. When a financial shortfall threatened, a community call-to-arms saw local orchardists and tradesfolk converge on the site with their horses to enable its completion at an extraordinary working-bee.

Today a continuous tree canopy extends over three-quarters of the site (excluding the lake). The parkland boasts the most extensive children's playground for miles around, with apparatus for children of all ages and abilities.
The playground caters for many ages and abilities
Young patrons will relish the seven flying foxes, two person bouncers, monkey bars, spiral ladder, chain bridge, spiral slide, four person rocker, see-saw, spring-seats, swings (including one for disabled children), and stand-on spinning disk.

But that's not all. Wheelchair bound children can enjoy the liberty swing, the key for which can be collected at the Maroondah Council offices.
Liberty Swing for wheelchair bound children
Around the playground area bench seats, drinking fountains and a butterfly garden top off the idyllic setting. Local artists have made their mark with murals and large wooden sculptures of indigenous fauna that beg to be climbed upon. Personalised pavers decorated by local school children are situated near the barbecues.
"Go Anna - climb on me!"

Abundant birdlife includes two species of native duck (Pacific Black and Wood Duck), Galah, Black Cockatoo, Butcher Bird, Silver Eyes, Little Pied Cormorant, White-Faced Heron, Magpie, Currawong, Rosella, Kookaburra, Wren and Miner.
A family of ducks enjoy the lush surrounds
These days you're asked not to feed the ducks for the health of the water.
A bird's paradise

Ringtail and 
Brushtail Possums, Blue-Tongued Lizards, Newts, Skinks, Water Rats, Mice, Foxes and Sugar Gliders make a home here.
Enjoy the lake from the pavillion on the bridge
According to Maroondah City Council a variety of native and introduced species inhabit the lake including Turtles, Yabbies, Short fined Eel
Big Headed Gudgeon Golden Perch, European Carp, Gold Fish, Roach,
Eastern Gambusia, Redfin, and Weather Loach.

Ringwood Lake Park is a 10 minute walk from Ringwood railway station where Smart Bus 901 also stops. Buses 680 and 679 drive right past the site. Car travellers can try their luck at a street park on Maroondah Highway, or use the carpark off Mt Dandenong Road. Alternatively the Daiseys Hotel carpark is a smart choice. Map of Ringwood Lake Park
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Why? Walking, cycling, picnicking, bird-watching, fishing, and the best multiple abilities playground for miles around.
When: Anytime
Where: Ringwood, Victoria
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Myself and my husband go here most Sunday morning's for a bbq breakfast. We come all the way from Brunswick. We just love it here so fresh and lovely.
by Meredith (score: 0|4) 954 days ago
It is a lovely place, whether you have children, or simply enjoy a relaxing walk. I really enjoy a leisurely walk around the lake, and it is very handy for me.
by e_law (score: 2|425) 972 days ago
I've been here a few times but didn't know about the circuit walk. I'll try it out next time, thanks!
by Rebecca Bowyer (score: 2|231) 2090 days ago
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