Epping waterway loop, Darebin Creek and Findons Creek

18 Memorial Ave, Epping VIC 3076

Epping waterway loop, Darebin Creek and Findons Creek

18 Memorial Ave, Epping VIC 3076

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1 h 15 m
4.99 km
Easy

A peaceful and picturesque walk along the Darebin Creek in Epping. This 5km loop takes in wetlands, remnant river redgums and returns via Findons Creek West.

Epping waterway loop, Darebin Creek and Findons Creek

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Summary

A peaceful and picturesque walk along the Darebin Creek in Epping. This 5km loop takes in wetlands, remnant river redgums and returns via Findons Creek West.

Description

Epping is home to a very pretty section of Darebin Creek. This walk begins at McDonalds Road bridge, near Epping Secondary College and heads north on the west side of the creek. A series of footbridges make it possible to create a loop or figure 8 walk that takes in Darebin Creek and Findon Creek.

In just 5 km, this walk passes a variety of landscapes and habitats. Remnant river redgums and swaying aquatic plants "river ribbon" are a highlight.

This walk follows the Darebin Creek Trail north, crosses into Maserati Wetlands and joins the Findon Creek trail. There is a wetland at Billabong Circuit with seating and a picnic area. The wetland is home to many types of water birds including swamp hens, coots and ducks. There is seating available to take a rest and enjoy the view. Anglers Drive Playground is basic. There are barbeque hotplates but no toilet facilities.

The trail surface is sealed and fairly flat. There are no public toilet facilities on this walk.

This walk can be accessed by public buses along McDonalds Road.

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Points of Interest

1. Darebin Creek trail, Epping

The starting point of this loop walk is on the Darebin Creek Trail near McDonalds Road bridge.

2. Local residents

Cockatoos and corellas are frequently seen feeding on the grass and screeching overhead.

3. Footbridge over Darebin Creek

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4. Creek view from the bridge

The Darebin Creek corridor provides important habitat for wildlife.

5. Creek bed

The stretch of Darebin Creek trail, passing Carlisle Drive Neighbourhood Park, has lots of beautiful riparian trees.

6. Crossing the Darebin Creek

Follow the trail across a footbridge over Darebin Creek. Stick to the main trail or explore Maserati Park adjacent.

7. Maserati Wetlands

Listen out for the sounds of frogs (not cars) at Maserati Wetland.

8. Findon Creek from the footbridge

Anglers Drive wetland is a lovely, peaceful place to enjoy natures. Playground is basic but the views of the creek are nice enough to stay a while.

9. Purple swamp-hen

Swamp-hens and other waterbirds enjoy the wetlands.

10. River red gum

One of several beautiful river red gums between Findons Creek and Maserati Drive.

11. Findons Creek

The path veers of Maserati Drive and hugs the bends of Findon Creek.

12. Birdwatching

This walk gives plenty of opportunities to listen out for the sound of water, the croak of frogs and bird calls.

13. Cross back over Darebin Creek

At the crossway of bridges, continue straight ahead and cross back over Darebin Creek. The final leg of this circuit follows the east bank of the creek.

14. Final stretch

The final stretch follows a beautiful section of Darebin Creek where the path is close to the water's edge.

15. Volcanic rocks

Volcanic geology in Darebin Creek bed.


Features

Nature trail Nature trail
Lake, creek, river Lake, creek, river
Park / Garden Park / Garden