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Published September 27th 2018
Walk Around the Bend
(by Tim Dawson / CC BY 2.0)
Every year, over 1.5 million people visit Yarra Bend Park in Melbourne's northeast for a walk in nature.
Around every corner, treats await in the open air. Gentle rivers, secluded beaches, native flowers and towering trees are alive with birdsong. Walking tracks stretch through rainforest, along cliffsides and creeks, before dipping into dense bushland and rising to peaks with inspiring views.
You can tackle a section of a longer walk or complete the round-trip options. Whether you're new to the park or a seasoned hiker, you'll love the highlights on these top walks.
Whichever walk you choose, you'll enjoy it but safety is a top priority.
Prepare with supplies – water, snacks, the right clothing (hat, long-sleeve shirt, jumper, rain jacket, sunglasses, sturdy walking shoes, long pants, mobile phone, camera, and backpack. Take a map for longer walks and let a friend know where you're going and when you'll finish.
Each of these trails has unique features, changing as the seasons pass, so you'll discover new delights on return visits.
(by Maria Petukhova / Public Domain)
Andrews Reserve Trail – 1.2km one-way.
In the park's south, begin at the Walmer St footbridge.
Step over the tarmac to reach the compacted earthen stairs pounded countless footfalls.
Listen for Bell Miners as pure river waters flow into the Carlton United Brewery.
Marvel at sandstone blocks, thrust from the earth by nature's constant pressure over the centuries.
Scan the tops of scented eucalypt trees for Brushtail Possums before a picnic at Andrews Reserve.