Galada Tamboore Park

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Distance:  Km   |  Duration:  1.25 Hrs   |  Grade:  TBA   |  Rating:    |  Style:  Return   |  Map

About the Walk

Overview

Galada Tamboore is part of Kulin land for which the Wurundjeri, the traditional owners, are custodians. The name means "Creek Waterhole".  The Merri Creek runs through the middle of the area which has extensive grasslands.  The walks, on sealed and gravel tracks take in views of the Merri Creek, which include basalt cliffs at a bend in the creek, and a variety of  bird life in a bushland setting.

The Walk in Detail

Galada Tamboore is part of Kulin land for which the Wurundjeri, the traditional owners, are custodians. The name means "Creek Waterhole". The Merri Creek runs through the middle of the area which has extensive grasslands. The walks, on sealed and gravel tracks take in views of the Merri Creek, which include basalt cliffs at a bend in the creek, and a variety of bird life in a bushland setting.

There are two walk options - a 3km walk and a 5km walk.

Track surface:  Flat, gravel and concrete bike tracks. There is a section of dirt track down to the creek in the option 2 walk.

Best season:  All seasons.  There is virtually no shade around the trails and appropriate sun protection will be required. Water should be carried in hot weather.

Hazards:    There are no protective fences along the trails or around the children's playground in the Public Gardens at the start of the walk, so supervision of children at all times is advised.  Snakes may be present during peak seasons, (October—May), so avoid walking off the trail.

Walking Notes:

  • Option 1:  A 3km walk from the City of Whittlesea Public Gardens to a lookout over the Merri Creek and return.        Approximately 45 minutes return at a moderate pace; and
  • Option 2:  A longer 5km walk that continues on from the lookout, (option 1), to a bend in the creek with views of cliffs.  Approximately 75 minutes return at a moderate pace.

Option 1: Walk from Public Gardens to the Lookout. 

1. Start the walk in the car park and walk past the toilets and playground to pick up the track which goes around the North side of the gardens.

2. Continue on this path until you come to a junction, on the opposite side of the gardens from the car park, with a path on the right leading to the footbridge over the Hume Freeway.

3. Turn right and cross over the bridge to the other side of the freeway.

4. At the end of the track from the bridge turn left onto a gravel track which heads across the open grassland towards the Merri Creek.

5. Follow this track which turns right at a fence alongside the creek.

6. Continue on the gravel track past the opening in the fence on the left, which has the start of a concrete path to the footbridge over the creek. The gravel track continues for about another 50 metres and ends at a lookout overlooking the Creek.

7. After viewing the creek below the lookout, retrace your steps back to the car park at the start of the walk.

Option 2:  Walk from the Public Gardens to the bend in the Merri Creek via the lookout.

1. Start the walk in the car park and walk past the toilets and playground to pick up the track which goes around the North side of the gardens.

2. Continue on this path until you come to a junction, on the opposite side of the gardens from the car park, with a path on the right leading to the footbridge over the Hume Freeway.

3. Turn right and cross over the bridge to the other side of the freeway.

4. At the end of the track from the bridge turn left onto a gravel track which heads across the open grassland towards the Merri Creek.

5. Follow this track which turns right at a fence alongside the creek.

6. Continue on the gravel track past the opening in the fence on the left, which has the start of a concrete path to the footbridge over the creek. The gravel track continues for about another 50 metres and ends at a lookout overlooking the Creek.

7. Retrace your steps from the lookout to the opening in the fence and the start of the concrete path.

8. Turn right and follow the concrete path over the footbridge across more open grassland towards the industrial area.

9. The path now turns left at a junction with a track leading off to the right to the end of the Merri Concourse.

10. Continue heading South on the path and ignore various paths leading of to the right to Barry Road and Sarah Street.

11. After about 0.5km from left turn, (step 9), the path has a section with a guard rail with a steep drop on the left hand side. There are white posts with red tops at the ends of this section which is near the end of Sarah Street.

12. This section of the path is at the bend in the creek and has a view of the 15m high cliff and the creek below.

13. Continue on to where the path enters an open grassland area.  Approximately 50m to 100m from the last white posts with red tops and you will find a track on the left leading down to the creek.

14. You have the option of following this track down to where it meets the creek.

15. Retrace your steps to finish the walk back at the car park at the start of the walk.

Variation: You could turn around at the bend of the creek (step 12) and reduce the walk time by about 15 mins.

Getting There

Melways:  Map 8 C4.

Directions: From the Metropolitan Ring Road take the exit onto Edgars Road going North.  Drive for just under 2km and turn left into Barry Road and continue for a further 1.5km to the entrance to the City of Whittlesea Public Gardens.

Walk Precautions

Be alert for snakes from October to May, so avoid walking off trail

Additional Information

 APV002 - ToiletsAPV007 - Picnic ShelterAPV011 - Electric BBQ


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Melbourne - North

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