This walk encompasses everything you could hope for on a day out - a wooden boardwalk along the peaceful Balcombe creek, an array of wildlife, two playgrounds, numerous bridges, three leash free areas, a gorgeous golden sandy beach, boutique Mount Martha shops and cafes and of course, lots of friendly locals!
This is a favourite walk of locals and tourists alike (and is especially dog friendly!). As you begin your walk take note of the information posts explaining historical events that have occurred in this area. For example, in the early 1940s this area was used by US and Australian Soldiers named the Balcombe Army Camp. Army facilities such a soccer and hockey pitch are now the first leash free area you will see on the map (this leash free area is not fenced - but not to worry - there is a fully fenced leash free area further along at POI 3).
As you begin walking along the boardwalk section of this walk, you will be immersed in a sea of trees, insects, wildlife and saltmarsh. This walk is so close to houses and shops however, you would never know it due to how peaceful and silent it appears. Stroll past people fishing in the creek, walkers , joggers and dogs alike as you make your way along the boardwalk, ensuring to stop at the several resting points along the way (make sure to bring your phone for some great social media worthy photos!). Also, make sure not to forget to listen to the Yellow Robin Audio Trail - available the whole way along the boardwalk.
Once you reach the end of the boardwalk you will be walking alongside some houses owned by some very lucky people in Mount Martha (I, for one, would love to have direct access to this walk everyday!). Continue on and you will find yourself at the Balcombe Estuary Reserve Playground (POI 9), which has an abundance of barbeques, drinking fountains, information boards, a small jetty, toilet block, the lazy lizard audio trail and even a camp laundry. This area is generally filled with lots of families playing on the playground, picnicking in the shade and enjoying the tranquil views.
Next stop: the beach! Mount Martha Beach is a beautiful golden sandy beach with numerous colourful beach houses for you to enjoy. Dogs are permitted on lead on the beach before 9am and after 7pm during day light saving periods and on lead at all other times of the year.
Cross the road to the Mount Martha Shops and enjoy browsing the boutique shops and quaint cafes this beautiful area has to offer (as well as another playground!). As you make your way back the way you came, there is an option to follow another section of the boardwalk on the opposite side of the creek, making a loop.
-Watch out for snakes in the hot summer months
-Dogs are not permitted off the boardwalk in areas of regrowth (please obey the signage)
-This boardwalk has many different paths leading off it, one not mentioned goes under Point Nepean Highway and into the Briars (dogs are not permitted in the Briars)
This is the first leash free area on this walk (there are 3 in total!). This area is expansive however is not fenced.
Here's a glimpse at one of the many bridges you will cross on this walk
This section has two leash free areas, one fully fenced and the other not. The fenced leash free area has water for your furry friend and if your dog is not social, there are 4 smaller gated areas
Enjoy the serenity as you wander over water filled with an assortment of fish and under trees that are home to over sixty native woodland birds
This walk has many resting spots where you can gaze out of Balcombe Creek with only the sounds of birds chirping to interrupt you
If your dogs are like mine and love the water, you might find yourself nearly being pulled in! Beware: May cause smelly dogs!
How can you not adore this walk when you get to sit and relax in a spot like this?!
There are two different audio trails on this walk - this one starts here and continues along the boardwalk
One out of two of the playground on this walk - this one has an abundance of seating areas, barbeques and information board to explore
This jetty allows you to get a gorgeous view of where Balcombe creek and Mount Martha Beach meet (as you can see - my dogs are loving it!)
Enjoy the beautiful blue water and golden sand on offer at Mount Martha Beach (dogs are not allowed on the beach during day light savings, but are allowed all other times of the year)
Stop off for some lunch at Mount Martha Shops - a beautiful stretch of shops with many cafes and boutiques (and lots of outdoor seating for your furry friends!)
Here's playground number two on this walk - stop here for an after lunch play (there is also a toilet block to the right)
This is the second audio trail available on this walk - this audio trail is all about the creatures hiding out of sight
For something different, you can take a slightly new way back which will take you along the opposite side of the creek