The walk is predominantly within the ‘Jacana Valley’, a very green open sanctuary including the Jacana wetlands. Jacana Valley is located approximately 13km north of Melbourne, boarded by suburbs of Jacana, Gladstone Park and Broadmeadows.
The walk begins and ends at train stations, however the route can easily be altered for local residents and/or to connect to other local walks. The “Moonee Ponds Creek Trail – Westmeadows” connects to this walk and is great extension or alternative end route.
The route is great for all walkers, however you need to be careful at the beginning at end of the walk as there are busy road crossings – always cross with the traffic lights!
It is an interesting juxtaposition – the big busy noisy freeway versus the small peaceful walking track. I know which one I would rather be on!
The river and wetlands is swarming with birdlife, we were lucky to be there to see this family of duck and ducklings.
Depending on rainfall the rivers and ponds can be plentiful with lots of lush foliage surrounding them.
This Reserve has it all! Big new BBQ area, skate park, playground, heaps of grassed area and even 2 flying foxes!
Back to the real world - careful crossing the road
Make sure you turn around and have a look back into the valley, you can see how far you have come.
There is an overpass over the Western Ring Road, however walkers need to be careful crossing the off-shoot road – there are pedestrian traffic lights.
When you get to the bridge, turn right to head towards Johnstone Street Reserve. If you want to head straight check out the walk “Moonee Ponds Creek Trail – Westmeadows” as this is its starting point.
Again, you have options where to walk! Take the low road (right hand) and follow the valley to continue with this particular route.
When exiting/entering Jacana Station it is best to use the pedestrian tunnel under the busy Pascoe Vale Road.
At this point of the walk you are basically directly under the Western Ring Road. If you wish you can turn left here, go under the Road and head south, however to continue with this route head straigh
There are lots of signs along the way showing walkers where they are where they can go – almost too many options!