Welcome Walk in Braeside Park

Braeside Park Visitor Centre, off Lower Dandenong Road, Braeside

Welcome Walk in Braeside Park

Braeside Park Visitor Centre, off Lower Dandenong Road, Braeside
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40 m
2.7 km
Easy

Summary

Enjoy the serenity as you walk with family and friends around this easy loop walk. Discover the diverse range of bird life, listen to the frogs or surprise an echidna!

Welcome Walk in Braeside Park

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This calming loop walk passes by remnants of days gone by when cattle grazed and drank from troughs and before the old farm machinery became collector’s items. Braeside Park is well provided with carparks, BBQ and picnic facilities, and toilet blocks can be found at both ends of the park.

For thousands of years the Bunurong people lived in and around the area. Since European settlement the land has been used as a horse training complex, where Phar Lap spent some time, a sewerage treatment plant and for grazing and market gardens. The park has large areas of bush, multiple huge lawn areas and a considerable area of wetlands. Birds abound and there have been regular sightings of echidnas.

If it’s going to be a very hot, dry or windy day, check for park closures and other weather related information. For this, and other information on the wonders of the park, go to www.parks.vic.gov.au or call
13 19 63.

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Points of Interest

1. Visitor Centre and Children's Playground

Your children will love this playground and the Visitor Centre is a suitable place to meet. Check out the photos and art work of the local flora and fauna inside.

2. Outdoor Chess and Hopscotch

Get in touch with your inner child and hop to it! Or train your brain to out-manoeuvre your friends at giant chess.

3. Historical Water Trough

These water troughs were required to water the sheep, horses and cattle that used to graze in these areas. Look for cattle still grazing in outlying fields.

4. Australian Centenary of Federation Art Walls

These beautiful mosaics interpret the natural and cultural heritage of Braeside park and the surrounding area, thanks to Friends of Braeside Park and other local community members.

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5. Listening to the locals… Eastern Banjo Frogs (Pobblebonks)

Pobblebonks may live up to 10 years. They are not social animals. The male makes the pobblebonk sound to attract females

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6. Pharlap’s Training Track

Phar Lap, our 1930 Melbourne Cup winner, was stabled at Braeside for a short time Harry Telford is remembered as Phar Lap’s trainer during this time. Enjoy the walk!

7. Birds of Braeside

Approximately 238 different bird species call Braeside Park home, at least for part of the year. How many can you find on your walk?

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8. Tree Stump Art

The old golden-tipped cypress trees have been converted into sculptures depicting Braeside Park animals.

Features

Historical Interest Historical Interest
Local Treasures Local Treasures
Art and Culture Art and Culture
Natural Trail Natural Trail
Park(s)/Garden(s) Park(s)/Garden(s)
Public Transport Public Transport
Playground Playground
Picnic Spot Picnic Spot
Seating Available Seating Available
Public toilets Public toilets
Pram friendly Pram friendly

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