Distance: 3.5 Km | Duration: 2.5 Hrs | Grade: Grade 2 | Rating: | Style: Circuit
About the Walk
An exploration for families with children. All tracks, except for the beach, suit prams and pushers.
The Walk in Detail
After looking at the interesting exhibits in the Visitor Centre (toilets), turn right to the farmyard, where sheep sometimes graze near the fence. Then continue until you reach the main path, turn right (N) and follow the signs to the Minsmere bird hide. The quieter you are, the more birds you will see! Can you see more from upstairs or down? From Minsmere, retrace your steps south until you reach a track on your right. Follow this alongside the lagoon to a T-intersection; turn left then immediately right into a small bird hide. Is there any water? Are there different birds here? Do they have long, pointy bills or stubby ones?
Now, go back to the T-intersection and continue exploring Loop 2 of the Woodland Walk, passing another hide on your left and following a short boardwalk, with shallow Home Creek on your right. On reaching a small footbridge, don't cross, but continue following Loop 2 as it swings hard left (E), keeping tidal Merricks Creek on your right.
At the next intersection, turn right and cross the wooden footbridge to the beach. After looking for interesting seaweed or shells, go back over the footbridge and walk straight ahead, crossing the Woodland Walk and another track, until you reach a T-intersection. Turn right, walk up a small hill, then go right again, following the signs back to the Visitor Centre. There may be surprises in store!
From Wallaces Rd, turn left into Nepean Hwy. At roundabout, turn left onto Dunns Creek Rd C788 (which becomes the Bittern-Dromana Rd). After 10.5km, turn right into Balnarring Rd C784 until you reach Frankston-Flinders Rd. Continue straight ahead into Sandy Point Rd for 1.9km then right into Lord Somers Rd for 1.3km to the Coolart entrance on the right. Park in the car park. (Melways 193 H9) Distance: 21km.
Be snake aware in the wetlands