Edwardes Lake and Edwardes Creek Wetlands

Griffiths Street, Reservoir VIC

Edwardes Lake and Edwardes Creek Wetlands

Griffiths Street, Reservoir VIC

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54 m
3.59 km
Easy

Set in beautiful parklands, this walk takes a loop around Edwardes Lake, then onto Edwardes Creek wetlands. This 3.5 km walk is a great alternative to the busy Merri Creek trail.

Edwardes Lake and Edwardes Creek Wetlands

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Summary

Set in beautiful parklands, this walk takes a loop around Edwardes Lake, then onto Edwardes Creek wetlands. This 3.5 km walk is a great alternative to the busy Merri Creek trail.

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Edwards Lake Park has been popular with locals for over a century and it has a lot to offer! Beyond the expansive lake and well-kept gardens, the park has an old steam engine, two children's playgrounds, BBQs, seating and public toilet facilities, making this a great destination for a walk and a picnic.

The loop around the Edwardes Creek wetlands is quiet and peaceful, with plenty of birdlife to watch and enjoy. Please keep dogs on leash to protect the wildlife. Friends of Edwardes Lake have worked hard on habitat restoration and the native vegetation is flourishing.

The lake circuit is flat and accessible. See Edwardes Lake Park accessible walk for accessibility information.

Toilets are located in Edwardes Lake Park next to the athletics track and at the Scouts Hall on Leamington Street.

Edwardes Lake Park Dog Off-Lead Area t the corner of Leamington Street and Seaver Grove.
Please keep dogs on a leash and under control at all other times to protect the wildlife.

Edwardes Lake is not suitable for swimming or fishing. Do not feed the birdlife.

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Points of Interest

1. Steam engine

This walk starts at the old steam engine located on Griffiths Street. Edwards Lake Park is a popular picnic spot.

2. Edwardes Lake trail

The walking path around the lake has plenty of bench seating. Great for bird watching or taking in the views.

3. Weir

Thomas Dyer Edwardes, an Englishman, gave a gift of 34 acres to the people of Preston in 1914 to be used as a park.

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4. Gravel path

Follow the path closest to the water's edge for an up-close view of the birdlife.

5. Birdlife at the wetlands

Water birds can be spotted at the Edwardes Creek Wetlands (also called Leamington Street wetlands). We saw cormorants, ibis, plovers and ducks.

6. Purple Swamp-hen

Native vegetation and wetland restorations have attracted plenty of birdlife to the once degraded waterway.

7. Footbridge

This section of the trail is peaceful and shady. Friends of Edwardes Lake have worked hard on habitat restoration.

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8. Broadhurst Avenue bridge

Take the footpath across the bridge at Broadhurst Avenue and begin the journey back on the other side of the creek.

9. Native grasses and bee hotels

Revegetated grasslands species have created habitats for all sorts of insects, birds, reptiles and amphibians.

10. Bridge to Edwardes Lake park

Back across the bridge towards the steam engine to complete the loop.


Features

Playground Playground
Picnic spot Picnic spot
Drinking water available Drinking water available
Seating available Seating available
Dog off-leash area Dog off-leash area
Public toilets Public toilets
Pram friendly Pram friendly
Historical interest Historical interest
Local treasures Local treasures
Nature trail Nature trail
Lake, creek, river Lake, creek, river
Park / Garden Park / Garden