walk Meeting Places
Lysterfield Lake Park - Hallam North Rd
Meet at the carpark for the Mountain Bike trails which is at the top of Hallam North Rd in Lysterfield. If you are coming from the Heatherton Rd end, keep a look out for the large water tank on the right-hand side as the road bends to the left, turn right just after the tank and continue along Hallam North Rd until you reach the car park at the end.
NO Dogs allowed
For your GPS: 330 Hallam North Rd, Lysterfield
Wright Forest - Cockatoo
Meet at the carpark opposite Second Ave, Cockatoo. If you are coming from Emerald-Beaconsfield Rd, the carpark is on the left-hand side.
The forest has a mix of gravel and dirt trails and there are some steep bits, so please wear appropriate shoes.
For your GPS: 37 Bailey Rd, Cockatoo
Wilson Botanic Park - Berwick
We are meeting in front of the Visitor Centre at the top of the main driveway. There is parking along the driveway and also a car park behind the visitor centre.
There are some steep bits in the walk, but there's a great view from the top. All tracks are good, wide and concrete, wood or gravel. Also plenty of places to take cover from the rain.
For your GPS: 670 Princes Hwy, Berwick
Lysterfield Lake Park
We are meeting at the lower car park near the beach and dam wall. The main entrance is on Horswood Rd, follow it right to the end, through the roundabout and gate then take the first left at the sign for the beach area.
There is also a gate near at the end of Reservoir Rd, Narre Warren North which may be open for access to the car park as well.
NO Dogs allowed
For your GPS: 23 Horswood Rd, Lysterfield
Berwick Springs - Berwick
There is street parking all along Moondarra drive. We are meeting near the playground, close to the corner of Moondarra Dr & Abercrombie St in Berwick.
All tracks are good and wide, either concrete or gravel.
For your GPS: 54 Moondarra Dr, Berwick
Akoonah Park - Berwick
Meeting at the carpark at the end of Cardinia St in Berwick. There is street parking as well if the carpark is full. There is no car access from Allen Street to Cardinia St, but you can park at the end of Allen Street (a dirt road) and walk through the bollards to the meeting place.
All tracks are good and wide, either concrete or gravel, generally flat with no major hilly bits.
For your GPS: 59 Cardinia St, Berwick
Cardinia Reservoir - Narre Warren East
The main entrance to the park is off Wellington Rd. There is another gate at about 275 Red Hill Rd in Beaconsfield Upper which is supposed to open at 9am.
We are meeting at the lower car park, below the Crystal Brook Picnic area at the Kangaroo Flat picnic area across from the large open grassy area next to the road leading out of the park. Please see the extra map with the red arrow pointing to the car park and call me if you get lost :)
When coming in from Wellington Rd, follow the road a short distance, then turn left through the big gates. Continue along this road which follows the line of the dam wall, then down the hill, following the signs for the Crystal Brook Picnic Area but when you get to the end of the road at a T-intersection at the bottom of the dam wall, turn right and the car park is immediately on your right-hand side.
Gembrook Park - Gembrook
If turning down Redwood Rd off Gembrook Rd (NOT Belgrave-Gembrook/Main Rd), turn left after about 100m down the unpaved driveway to the Park. We are meeting in the carpark at the end closest to the toilet block.
The tracks are mostly narrow dirt trails which can be a bit overgrown, along with some paths through grass, the odd boardwalk and a wide gravel part, and are steepish in a few sections, so please wear appropriate shoes.
For your GPS: 24 Redwood Rd, Gembrook
Emerald Lake Park - Emerald
We are meeting at the carpark near the Emerald Museum. Once you turn off Emerald-Beaconsfield Rd near the Puffing Billy track, follow Chrichton Rd and turn left just after you go through the old gates. The car park is at the bottom, past the museum.
The tracks are mostly nice wide gravel ones, but one of the tracks we might do is a narrow, dirt one with some exposed tree roots and is a bit steepish near the end, so please wear appropriate shoes.
For your GPS: 3 Crichton Rd, Emerald
Cranbourne Botanic Gardens - Stringybark Picnic Area
We are meeting at the Stringybark picnic area car park. Coming in from South Gippsland Hwy south of Cranbourne seems to be the best way, even if your GPS wants to take you via Ballarto Rd.
Look for the sign for the right turn to Australian Garden which is about 500m past the Racecourse and turn right there. After entering the gardens through the gates, and along driving for a while, turn left at the sign for the Stringybark picnic area (on a bend in the road). Continue to the end of the road following any signs for the carpark and picnic area.
The tracks are all pretty good, either dirt or gravel and good in most weather conditions.
For your GPS: Stringybark Dr, Cranbourne then continue to the end where the carpark is.
Butterfield Reserve - Emerald
Today we are meeting at the car park on the corner of Emerald-Monbulk Rd and Old Emerald Rd. Turn into Old Emerald Rd roughly opposite where the GPS address takes you and there is a small dirt carpark area right near the corner.
For your GPS: 169B Emerald-Monbulk Rd
Aqueduct Trail - Officer
Today we are meeting at the car park at the start of the Officer part of the Aqueduct Trail. If you are coming up from the Princes Hwy it is on the left-hand side and there is a blue sign showing the entrance. From the Upper Beaconsfield direction, it's a bit harder to spot but you may see the small sign on your left for the part of the trail that is almost directly opposite where we are going.
For your GPS: 230 Officer Rd, Officer
Toomuc Creek - Pakenham
Today we are meeting at the car park near the entrance to the footy oval on Olympic Way. If you are coming in off Princes Hwy, it's on the left-hand side as you approach the roundabout and the Cardinia Life Swimming & Sports complex (see the photo). Turn left at the roundabout to enter the carpark area then park near the arrow, around where the black car is in the photo.
For your GPS: Olympic Way, Pakenham