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Gentle/Family

Walk grade of Gentle/Family is a walk of up to 5km on formed tracks over even and gently undulating terrain.  These walks should be suitable for young active children able to walk with minimal or no assistance for up to 2 hours.

The walk grades on the where2walk directory are provided as a guide only.  A range of individual factors can affect the actual grade such as size and mix of party, individual fitness and experience levels, weather conditions.

  • 3.0/5 rating 1 vote
  • Short
  • Gentle
  • 40 - 60 mins

Braeside Park

Braeside Park has a fascinating history, once a sewage treatment site and home to a training track for Phar Lap, this park is now a mix of revegetated bushland and wetlands. There are a variety of easy walking options that take in views of protected Heathland, tranquil ponds and a variety of  bird life in a beautiful bushland setting. You would never guess that you are on the edge of urban Melbourne.

  • 3.2/5 rating (5 votes)
  • Short
  • Gentle
  • 30 - 60 mins

Brimbank Park

Brimbank Park is located within the Maribyrnong Valley alongside the Maribyrnong River. This area has a rich human history with surveys indicating that Aboriginal occupation extends back as far as 40,000 years and European settlement dates back to the 1830's, soon after Melbourne was founded. 

  • 2.7/5 rating (9 votes)
  • Short
  • Gentle
  • 3 - 5 km
  • 45 - 75 mins

Galada Tamboore Park

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.

  • 3.9/5 rating (8 votes)
  • Short
  • Pusher/Wheelchair
  • 4 km
  • 1.5 hours

Jells Park

A large park in the Dandenong Creek Valley, this circuit walk goes around the peaceful lake which is edged on one side by large grassy slopes that welcome play and picnics, while on the far side is a quiet conservation area that is natural bush.  Visit a bird hide or several delightful children's playgrounds. 

  • 1.3/5 rating (4 votes)
  • Short
  • Gentle Pusher/Wheelchair
  • 2-4 km
  • 40 - 60 mins

Karkarook Park

Karkarook Park

Karkarook, (Aboriginal name for "Sandy Place"), was originally used for flood retarding, market gardens and horse agistment. The park was later mined for sand and then transformed into the beautiful park you see today. The walks, on sealed and gravel tracks take in views of Karkarook Lake, tranquil ponds and a variety of  bird life in a bushland setting.  There are two walk options - 2km or 4km.

  • 4.0/5 rating (2 votes)
  • Short
  • Gentle Pusher/Wheelchair Very Easy
  • 7 km
  • 2.5 hours

Kororoit Creek

A well-defined, sealed trail along the valley of Kororoit Creek which contains mini-rapids, large waterholes and basalt cliffs.   Spring is the best season for this walk, which goes through many areas replanted by community volunteers and Melbourne Water.  The walk starts and finishes with short bus trips to and from Sunshine Station.

  • 2.3/5 rating (6 votes)
  • Short
  • Pusher/Wheelchair Very Easy
  • 5 km
  • 2 hours

Merri Creek

In the heart of inner suburban Melbourne, this trail passes through areas of trees and wetlands giving an unexpected sense of bush only a few kilometres from the CBD. The walk passes relics of earlier times when bluestone was quarried in this area and leads to CERES, a fascinating place dedicated to community and environmental initiatives.

  • 3.5/5 rating (2 votes)
  • Short
  • Gentle Pusher/Wheelchair
  • 2.6 - 6.5 km
  • 45 - 90 mins

Pipemakers Park

Easy walking along flat, sealed tracks taking in points of interest including an historic manufacturing site, the beauty of the river and surrounding parks.  Some native birds that may be seen include:  Seagulls, Wood and Black Ducks, Small Pied Cormorants, White-faced Herons, Rainbow Lorikeets, Magpies and Mudlarks.

  • 3.0/5 rating (2 votes)
  • Short
  • Gentle
  • 60 mins

Point Cook Coastal Park

Easy walking along a mix of flat, gravel tracks and uneven dirt tracks. These walks take in views of  Port Phillip Bay, and the city skyline of Melbourne. The walks start at the historic Homestead which is well worth spending time to explore. The Tower, which is a Monument to Migration and Aspirations is well worth the visit.

  • 3.5/5 rating (2 votes)
  • Short
  • Gentle Pusher/Wheelchair
  • 4.5 km
  • 1.5 hours

Port Melbourne - St Kilda Pier

Take a walk beside the sea, play or laze on the beach, swim, gaze at the yachts, revel in the sea air, stroll along the piers and then grab a coffee on the historic St Kilda Pier or in one of the many cosmopolitan cafés.

  • 3.0/5 rating (5 votes)
  • Short
  • Gentle Pusher/Wheelchair
  • 3.5 - 4.7km
  • 2 hours

Ricketts Point

Spectacular cliff top views of beaches stretching across Port Phillip Bay to Arthur's Seat in one direction and of the City skyline the other way.  Early Heidelberg artists' views of the area are preserved on the information boards along the track by displaying their paintings next to the area they depicted. Opportunities for beach and rock-pool exploration.

  • 5.0/5 rating 1 vote
  • Short
  • Gentle Pusher/Wheelchair
  • 4.5 km
  • 2 hours

Royal Botanic Gardens

The Royal Botanic Gardens has huge shady trees, an ornamental lake and amazing plants from many countries. It also has indigenous plantings and a Children's Garden.  Walking and picniking on the lawns is welcome.

  • 3.3/5 rating (3 votes)
  • Short
  • Gentle
  • 40 - 75 mins

Tirhatuan Park

Tirhatuan Park in Dandenong North forms part of the Dandenong Creek vegetation corridor, providing important habitat for native flora and fauna. The park includes  two lakes, a wetland, boardwalk and bushland, the walk also takes in the Dandenong Creek as well as views to the Police Road Retarding Basin.

  • 3.7/5 rating (3 votes)
  • Short
  • Gentle Pusher/Wheelchair
  • 4 km
  • 1.5 hours

Williamstown

A beachside walk past contrasting sandy and rocky beaches as well as interesting geological features. Walk through this well-preserved historical area of early Melbourne with its fascinating naval artefacts and choose between picnicking in one of several parks or pausing for refreshment in one of its abundant cafes.  Add on a self-guided walk past many early buildings.

  • 5.0/5 rating 1 vote
  • Short
  • Gentle
  • 1.5 - 3 km
  • 40 - 60 mins

Wilson Botanic Park

The Wilson Botanic Park was originally a quarry founded in 1859 by William Wilson. The quarry produced some of the highest quality basalt in the Melbourne area until the late 1970s before being transformed by the then City of Berwick, to a botanic park in 1992. The walks take in views of the Anniversary Lake and the Basalt Lake with it's associated birdlife. The various lookouts around the park provide great views of Melbourne, Berwick, and the surrounding area.

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