A tale of two parks, Essendon

Woodland Street, Essendon

A tale of two parks, Essendon

Woodland Street, Essendon

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37 m
2.52 km
Easy

Walk through several very different parklands, connected by green corridors and offering a glimpse of original Essendon woodlands. Enjoy spectacular red gums and the upgraded Woodlands Park.

A tale of two parks, Essendon

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Summary

Walk through several very different parklands, connected by green corridors and offering a glimpse of original Essendon woodlands. Enjoy spectacular red gums and the upgraded Woodlands Park.

Description

This walk allows you to enjoy each of the park spaces at your own pace. The starting point at Woodlands Park offers various paths around the water with expansive green areas. Salmon Reserve has towering Red Gums followed by European trees via a gravel path. Napier Park is unique as it shows the remnant woodland of the area.

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Points of Interest

1. Newly upgraded lake

Surrounded by shady tress and picnic worthy grass, the lake has been transformed into a rainwater harvesting site with native vegetation replacing the original bluestone edging.

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2. Playground and BBQ

Recently upgraded and ready for exploration

3. Linear park with a good footpath connects the parks

This is tucked away so don't worry if you can't spot it from Woodlands Park.

4. Giant redgums

This special reserve is loved by locals and noisy sulphur crested cockatoos roost in the tree hollows.

5. Napier Park

This park was bequeathed to the public by Thomas Napier on the proviso it retained the native flora and fauna. It is a rare example of pre-European Plains Grassy Woodland.

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6. A hidden refuge

Although it is bordered by busy roads on 2 sides, the park is a haven for walkers.

7. A playground, seats and water fountain

A good place to stop for a break, about halfway through the walk

8. The path hides a clever resource

Water Sensitive Urban Design principles have informed the installation of tanks to collect stormwater runoff and water trees in dry times.

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9. Another linear park

This one leads back to Salmon Reserve

10. Pubic transport options

Trams and buses travel along Mt Alexander Road

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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
Lake, creek, river Lake, creek, river
Park / Garden Park / Garden