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Published February 11th 2014
A different kind of urban jungle
Unless you live or work in the area, or are a patron of the Westgate Punt, you might not know any more about Westgate Park than a vague glimpse of greenery, trees and lakes on the Eastern side of the Westgate Bridge.
Trails wander through the park ranging in length between 1.3 and 1.8 kilometres. There's also grassy areas, tables for picnics and quite a few benches scattered throughout the park where you can sit, admire the views and contemplate nature.
One of the eight Earth Series sculptures in the Park created by Lyn Moore
It's a great place for birdwatching as revegetation and a permanent supply of water have attracted multiple species of birds ranging from wrens to black swans. When it's really dry the salt lakes turn pink, read more about this phenomenon here.
You can almost imagine that you're in the country from the point of view of the open space, green vistas and the refreshing fragrance of eucalyptus. Being very close to the Westgate Bridge and only a few kilometres from the city it does lack the silence of the bush. However the park's proximity to Melbourne gives it a unique charm as it brings something of the sights, sounds and scents of the Australian bush to a very urban setting.
See here for transport options. The Todd Road entrance is possibly the best option if you are travelling by car as it offers easy access and parking areas.