The Salt Pan Creek walking track take you on a sometimes delightful, sometimes disconcerting journey through semi-urban wetlands and mangrove forests hidden in the backyard of Riverwood and its neighbouring suburbs.
The walk follows Salt Pan Creek, winding over it and beside it, sometimes giving you glimpses of the railway corridor and the motorway, and at other times surrounding you completely in riverine habitat.
For all the signs of industry that pervade the walk, the natural habitat shines through. There are some very distinct areas even apparent to the casual observer - I spotted pine groves, areas of marsh and reed, mangrove swamps and on the higher ground bushland takes over.
There are a few different places from which you can join the walk. Just because of the way the walk is set out you will usually end up looping back the way you came - whether to get back to your car or to access public transport.
One of the more convenient spots to begin the walk is from the Stuart Street Reserve as there is parking area.
Alternatively, you can begin from beside Riverwood Park, at the end of William Street - only 10 minutes walk from Riverwood Station.