Updated: Apr 7, 2019
Time: 1.5 Hours
Difficulty: Easy – with a couple of hills
Pram Friendly: Yes - Some of the tracks
Pet Friendly: No
I have been holidaying in Lakes Entrance my whole life and have never once visited this park and honestly, I didn’t even know it existed until my husband found it online. It’s only a short 18 mins drive from Lakes. This is a very different place and when we arrived I didn’t even expect it to have a walk for us to do as it looked more like gardens. I was wrong it had a great walk for us to do with heaps of different things for us to see along the way.
Once you walk through the lovely entrance building and start walking down the path you will see the beautiful homestead to your right if you keep walking a bit further you will find a sign with all of the possible walking tracks you can do with arrows pointing you in the right directions. There are all different walks to do small, medium and long (its not just the 4.8km that we did). We did the Whistling Kite Track, some of the Homestead Track, Salt Marsh Track, Clifftop walk and the Reeve Channel.
You will find the Whistling Kite track near the dam at the bottom of the property, there is a sign and a gate you enter through. After climbing a small hill, you wind down into a gully where it becomes more like a forest. Not long after you will find the sign for the Homestead track, turn right you head back towards homestead, we turned left towards salt marsh track. About 5 minutes down the track you come across the marsh and follow that alongside the trail for a little while, along this part of the track there are a couple of bird hides so you can spy on all the birds in the marsh.
Along Salt Marsh Track you can choose to walk down to the Reeve Channel, which is around 300 metres one way. Its definitely worth a look, at the end you reach a picnic spot right near the water’s edge. It would be a fantastic place to spend an afternoon.
Once you get onto the Clifftop walk you have a bit of a hill to climb but once you get to the top you have some wonderful views over the beautiful Gippsland Lakes all the way back to the end. Along this part of the walk you come across an old cottage which is really cool to have a look around, with some interesting history to read about. Once you reach the cottage you are pretty much back to the start.
The people who look after this park do an amazing job, the whole park is very well maintained. As you walk back into the main cottage gardens, there’s a BBQ area and a playground for the kids, they have even gathered some sticks so you can light the BBQ. It would be a lovely place to take the family for a day out. Please make a gold coin donation to the honesty box at the front gate to help maintain the park.