Kororoit Creek Trail

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Kororoit Creek Trail along Kororoit Creek
Kororoit Creek
Length Upper 10km, lower about 3km
Difficulty Easy
Hills None
Connecting Transport
Train Albion station,

Sunshine station,

Seaholme station

The Kororoit Creek Trail is a shared use path for cyclists and pedestrians, which follows the Kororoit Creek in the inner western suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.[1][2][3]

The interrupted upper half is located in Burnside and Deer Park.

The uninterrupted upper section starts in Ardeer and proceeds to Brooklyn the lower half is located in Altona.

Following the trail[edit]

Upper section (interrupted)[edit]

The trail starts in Caroline Springs, on to Burnside continuing through to Albanvale and then Deer Park (approx 10 km).

The trail starts as a concrete path in Caroline Springs, where Caroline Springs Boulevarde crosses the creek. Some 2 km later use the road section from Westwood Drive to Bilungah Place. This leads to a gravel section and a ford to access the east side of the creek. A 1 km concrete path leads to a small footbridge near the Deer Park Secondary College at Deer Park. If the ford is flooded, a nearby road route can be used to access this footbridge instead.

Navigation is then straightforward with sealed concrete paths on both sides of the creek arriving at Station Road (approx 800m).

After an easy road crossing at Station Road the path continues on the south bank along Gurnung Drv and crosses to the north bank, then through Cairnlea to Cairnlea Drive (approx 700m). From here pedestrians cross the Western Highway and then proceed east to Moore Park in Ardeer (approx 400m) to the Western Ring Road Trail.

Upper section (uninterrupted)[edit]

The trail then runs directly and uninterrupted from Moore Park, Ardeer to Albion, then Sunshine and onto Brooklyn (approx 4 km). The trail passes close to both Albion and Sunshine stations and also has easy access to the Western Ring Road Trail at Moore Park and onwards to the Federation Trail in Brooklyn. As of 2013 the trail ends at this intersection with the Federation Trail.

Lower section[edit]

The Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail goes through Altona Coastal Park - site of the old Williamstown Racecourse. A lone palm stands guard over the remains of the old grandstand. North of the park, at the ford over Racecourse Road and also at the south end of the park, trails split off that lead to a single path, that heads westerly towards Millers Road. Nearby was the old Williamstown Racecourse railway station.

At Millers Rd cross the road to the serenity of Cherry Lake. A 3.7 km path circumnavigates the lake. On the way bird life including pelicans can be seen. It makes for stark contrast in this heavily industrialised area and is well worth the trip.

Future expansion[edit]

The section from the Federation Trail to Cherry Lake is still incomplete. Once the upper and lower paths are joined, there will be an uninterrupted walking and cycling path all the way from Ardeer to Port Phillip Bay.

Connections to other bike paths[edit]

The northern end of the upper half connects to Western Ring Road Trail. The southern end of the upper half connects to the Federation Trail.

The northern end of the lower half is a dead end at Cherry Lake. The southern end of the lower half connects to Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.

Upper: North end at 37°44′18″S 144°44′19″E / 37.738450°S 144.738725°E / -37.738450; 144.738725. South end at 37°49′15″S 144°49′29″E / 37.820712°S 144.824784°E / -37.820712; 144.824784.
Lower: North end at 37°51′29″S 144°49′36″E / 37.858104°S 144.826533°E / -37.858104; 144.826533. South end at 37°51′31″S 144°51′01″E / 37.858477°S 144.850282°E / -37.858477; 144.850282.

References[edit]

  • Bike rides around Melbourne 3rd edition, 2009, Julia Blunden, Open Spaces Publishing, ISBN 978-0-9752333-4-4
  • Bike Paths Victoria sixth edition, 2004. Edited and published by Sabey & Associates Pty Ltd. pp118. ISBN 0-9579591-1-7

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