This 5km walk is close to the Morwell CBD. It leads you through remnant riparian vegetation, the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Trail, the historic Doll’s House and numerous examples of community life.
One of the access points to this walking trail is via the Gippsland Heritage Walk, located in the Gippsland Immigration Park on Princes Way in Morwell. At the northern end of the Heritage Walk, a sign directs you through the underpass to the start of the trail that features the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Trail. A bush-tucker garden is becoming established and the murals created by artist and Gunaikurnai man Ronald Edwards paint a rich historic narrative of the Gunaikurnai nation, each providing a description of the artwork on the back of the mural.
An alternative access is via Brisbane Street behind the Morwell Traffic School from which you can still start at the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Trail, and then head north to follow the 5km loop track. Additional entry points are accessible on both the east and west sides of the track, with several walking bridges crossing the Creek along the way. At the most northern end, you find yourself facing fertile farmland which is a reminder of the interface between the urban area and the agricultural industries that factor so strongly in the local economy
There are a number of seating areas along the way for taking some time out to look and listen. The air is filled with the birdsong of finches, currawongs, magpies, parrots and other local species. There is an abundance of Common Reed (Phragmites australis), Spiny-headed Mat Rush (Lomandra longifolia and various other native aquatic plant species in the creek bed. There are patches of mature indigenous vegetation, including the Black Wattle (Acacia mearnsii) and Kangaroo Apple (Solanum aviculare).
The BMX track, popular with bike enthusiasts, is close to the Morwell Soccer Club and other sporting facitlities. An all-ages playground and picnic area with a covered BBQ facility is a great place to bring people together.
On the eastern side of the track, it’s worth checking out Bev’s Wonder World of Dolls where you will be treated to over 1,800 examples of doll-making from all over the world, providing a rich history of the craft. This is a heritage-listed house and one of the original residences in the area.
Consider extending your walk to explore the adjacent Gippsland Heritage Walk, accessible by heading south through the underpass to the Gippsland Immigration Park located around the Kernot Lake on Princes Way.
The Park Tracks project is an initiative of the Latrobe City Council, which acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Gunaikurnai nation. Through their cultural traditions, the Gunaikurnai identifies this area as part of their Traditional Country.
For those wishing to discover more about Gippsland’s rich indigenous heritage, this cultural trail is an excellent place to visit.
Over 27 species of native plants are included in this garden, all with important roles to play for the Gunaikurnai nation.
A busy place for the BMX enthusiasts and fun for others who just like to enjoy watching the skill involved.
A fitness station for adults and children alike, and a sheltered BBQ area for those days when a picnic enhances a lovely walk.
One of many picnic table areas along the way is this beautifully shaded area under the Willows.
Open Tue-Fri from 10am to 3pm or by appointment at 31-33 The Boulevard, this is an extraordinary collection of dolls from around the world.
Remnant vegetation is home to numerous animals, and the birdsong emanating from the canopy is a delight to hear.
Along the trail, you will find bridges that can take you along the other side of the Waterhole Creek and back to the start of the walk (linked to the Gippsland Heritage Trail).
The healthy mix of reeds provides habitat for a multitude of aquatic species as well as being useful in the making of baskets.