A longer walk around Brimbank park allows you to keep fit while enjoying the wonderful diversity of flora and fauna.
Brimbank Park sits about 50 metres below the surrounding western plains and was first settled by Europeans in the 1830s. The name is thought to have originated from farmers moving their sheep and cattle 'around the brim of the river bank'.
This walk starts and ends at the Parks Victoria Office/Leaping Lizard Cafe. The route is mostly paved, and is shared by pedestrians and cyclists.
From the entrance to the Parks Office, there is a path to your left. Follow this path down to the riverside past the Dodd's Homestead. Walk east, following the path along the river bank enjoying the magnificent red river gums along the way.
As you walk, you will also notice the exposed layers of sandstone on the opposite river bank. These layers of sandstone were deposited here around 400 million years ago.
When you meet a Y junction, keep left and follow the river bank until the path finally veers right and starts to climb up a hill. At the top of the hill, cross the road at the zebra crossing. The path now curves around the flat hill top. Hang on to your hat if it's windy! There are lovely views across the whole park from here.
The path now meanders down towards the picnic area. There are lots of BBQs and benches along this section. And large open play areas!
Follow the path now as it continues alongside the river on your left. There are a few opportunities here to detour across the grass to the river's edge.
Finally the path curves around to the right and meets the path back to the cafe.
You are sure to see Wood Ducks along the way. They build nests in tree hollows between July and March. When nesting they often perch on tree branches.
There is an abundance of native flora along the walking route, especially when the path meanders alongside the river.
The river has exposed layers of sandstone deposited here around 400 million years ago.
When you reach the top of the flat hill, this seat gives you a great opportunity to catch your breath while enjoying a great view of the parklands below.
The park is used by people out for a stroll, joggers and cyclists. It's also a great place to learn more about native flora and fauna. Call into the Parks Victoria office for more information.
It's worth taking a detour here to get a close up view of the river. It's also a good opportunity to spot some of the local birdlife.
This beautiful bird with fantastic red eyebrows can be hard to spot as it darts around feeding on grass seeds.
On the river detour, you may see a Great Egret waiting patiently to catch it's lunch along the river. They make a harsh croaking sound when calling.