Mt Lofty Walk, Warrandyte State Park
Less than an hour's drive from the city centre, this pleasant walk along the
banks of the Yarra River to the top of Mount Lofty offers superb views of
the surrounding countryside and distant mountain ranges.
Length: 3 kilometres
Walk: 1.5 hours one way
Start: Wittons Reserve
Finish: Lower Homestead Road.
Nestled in a horseshoe bend of the Yarra River in Melbourne's outer north-east
is Mount Lofty, the most recent addition to Warrandyte State Park. The native
vegetation along the river on the western side of Mount Lofty is unique and
virtually untouched, despite its proximity to the suburbs. The well-graded
track follows the river as it meanders along through densely wooded areas
before climbing to open grasslands on the upper slopes of Mt Lofty.
Enjoy a relaxing picnic at one of the many picnic tables set in clearings
along the way, the silence broken only by the sounds of the river and the
call of bellbirds in the trees. A magnificent panorama of the surrounding
hills and valleys awaits you at the summit, and a family of wedge-tailed eagles
can often be seen circling high above. From this point, you can either retrace
your steps to Wittons Reserve or continue to the wetlands at Homestead Road.