Afton Street Wetlands and Maribyrnong River

The Boulevard, Aberfeldie

Afton Street Wetlands and Maribyrnong River

The Boulevard, Aberfeldie

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33 m
2.26 km
Intermediate

This picturesque walk offers views of water and wetlands and has something for everyone, including a steep hill climb if you feel like it.

Afton Street Wetlands and Maribyrnong River

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Summary

This picturesque walk offers views of water and wetlands and has something for everyone, including a steep hill climb if you feel like it.

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The Maribyrnong River is said to get its name from the Aboriginal phrase Mirring-gnay-bir-nong meaning 'I can hear a ringtail possum'.
This walk hugs the river and then explores a peaceful wetland and invites exploration if you wish to go further.

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Points of Interest

1. Riverside Park

It could be difficult getting children to walk past the Black Sapphire Pirate Ship Playground. There is parking here as well as toilets, water, shade and a coffee and drinks van.

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2. Beautiful views of a vital, ancient waterway

Aboriginal history has been dated to 15,000 years with hunting, fishing, medicine and other supplies being collected here by the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung people.

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3. The footbridge allows access to the other side of the river

This allows you to choose an alternative return, looping back to Maribyrnong Road for trams and buses.

4. Multiple walking options on offer

Another car park is here if the others are full, or you wish to visit the Afton Street park without the walk .

5. Afton Street Conservation Park

A relatively new and very peaceful park, with areas for picnics, flat paths for prams and wheelchairs and a steep section to climb for amazing views of the river and city skyline beyond.

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6. Open space to run and play

Families were enjoying picnics on the day I was there. Pram walkers can do a loop back at this point to avoid the steep hill ahead.

7. Ordinance Factory buildings still visible across the river

With mounds of earth still around them to protect from explosions long ago. This path becomes quite steep further along, so not suitable for prams or wheelchairs.

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8. The high point

With a single steep hill to climb, the top provides great views and an option to go much further along the ridge towards the Lily Street Park or Canning Reserve.

9. The red flag meant danger

With an interesting recent history, this park was once was part of the ordinance (explosives) factory. A raised red flag on the hill warned the locals explosives were being moved or used.

10. Public transport options

Buses and trams service the area.

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Features

Public Transport Public Transport
Playground Playground
Picnic Spot Picnic Spot
Drinking Water available Drinking Water available
Seating Available Seating Available
Public toilets Public toilets
Pram friendly Pram friendly
Historical Interest Historical Interest
Nature trail Nature trail
Coast/River/Lake Coast/River/Lake
Park / Garden Park / Garden