Dandenong Creek Trail
|Dandenong Creek Trail|
Dandenong Creek and trail in Heathmont
|Length||Approx. 44 km from Kilsyth South to Carrum|
|Location||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia|
|Hazards||Water/mud/frost on paths; fallen trees|
|Surface||Mostly concrete & bitumen path, well formed gravel in some areas|
|Hills||Minor hill in Vermont South|
|Water||Drinking fountains in most parks along path|
|Train(s)||Bayswater, Glen Waverley, Dandenong, Carrum|
The trail can be divided into three sections (from north to south):
- Upper Dandenong Creek – Chandlers Lane (Kilsyth South) to Burwood Highway (Wantirna)
- Middle Dandenong Creek – Burwood Highway to Heatherton Road (Dandenong)
- Lower Dandenong Creek – Heatherton Road to Patterson River mouth (Carrum)
Upper Dandenong Creek
At its northern end the path starts in Kilsyth South at the end of Chandlers Lane, 600 m off Liverpool Road. It can also be accessed at Colchester Road by a path that runs from The Basin through the Mountain Highway-Colchester Road Linear Reserve.
The trail crosses a footbridge after about 3.6 km on the western side of Bayswater Oval. Jim Abernethy Memorial Drive can be accessed at the southern end of this bridge, connecting the trail to the Knox Cycleway and Marie Wallace Bayswater Park.
Continuing west on the Dandenong Creek Trail, a tunnel goes under the Belgrave railway line. 70 m immediately before the underpass, there is a footbridge to north. This is the start of the Tarralla Creek Trail. Just before the underpass there is a turnoff to the south to the upper section of the Ringwood–Belgrave Rail Trail. On the far side of the tunnel is a footbridge to the north. This is the turnoff to the lower section of the Ringwood–Belgrave Rail Trail. At 650 m further south is a turnoff to Waldheim Road, joining the Stud Rd path. This 1.5 km stretch is effectively a major intersection for trails and is unsigned.
The trail through Koomba Park has been upgraded to concrete as this section is shared with the EastLink Trail. There are several intersections between Dandenong Creek Trail and EastLink Trail throughout the park.
Just north of Burwood Highway the trail passes along some boardwalks.
Middle Dandenong Creek
The trail crosses over Burwood Highway and continues alongside the entrance to the Whitehorse Recycling and Waste Centre. It then passes through Lookout Trail Park, a small suburban park containing a network of boardwalks and a lookout with views of the surrounding suburbs and the Dandenong Ranges.
The trail then passes through Bushy Park Wetlands in Glen Waverley, before crossing under High Street Road. It then leads through Shepherds Bush and Napier Park Reserve. It then meets Shepherd Road with the Glenvale Tennis courts to the south, and continues at the eastern end of Shepherd Road. The western end of the road leads to Glen Waverley station 2.6 km long council-designated bicycle route through back streets.
The Dandenong Creek Trail then arrives at an intersection with display cabinet and shelter. Towards the east is the west end of the Blind Creek Trail. To the north is a dead end trail to Nortons Park. Dandenong Creek Trail continues to the south past the map cabinet.
1.6 km further south, the trail crosses a footbridge at the most northern end of the Jells Park wildlife lake. There is a small tee intersection at this point. Dandenong Creek Trail continues to the south, passing along the west side of the lake. Travellers coming from the south need to turn right at the intersection and cross the footbridge.
At the southern end of the lake, the Scotchmans Creek Trail peels off to the west. Dandenong Creek Trail then passes under Ferntree Gully Road, which is commonly flooded. From here the Ferny Creek Trail can be reached by travelling along 3.6 km of road (east along Ferntree Gully Roadd and then south along Stud Road).
1.3 km on at Mulgrave Reserve, just north of Wellington Road the route is obscure and requires a sharp turn at the northern end of the carpark, following the north east corner of the carpark. Improvements associated with the Eastlink tollway and trail have provided a well signposted detour as an alternative route here.
The trail then goes under the Wellington Road underpass, under EastLink, then past the dead end of Police Road. The trail narrows between the creek and some houses and 600 m from Police Road opens out onto Tirhatuan Park, the homestead of Reverend James Clow. There are a few paths through the park but it is easier to follow the creek and skirt the park on its east side.
Lower Dandenong Creek
Dandenong Creek Trail then passes Stud Road, Brady Road, Monash Freeway, Heatherton Road, the east end of David Street (see photo), and Kidds Road. At McCrae Sreet, south of the Thomas P. Carroll Reserve, a turn-off leads to the Hallam Bypass Trail through a short on-road section.
Another 1.1 km at Lonsdale Street, a short diversion leads to Dandenong Station. In Bangholme, a footbridge crosses Eumemmerring Creek, just after crossing EastLink for the third time. To continue on Dandenong Creek Trail, one must loop over the bridge but maintain the original south westerly direction. Downstream from Eumemmerring Creek, the stream becomes the Patterson River.
The creek widens with large wetland areas and the Eastern Treatment Plant to the south. The trail travels along an artificial embankment as it passes to the south of National Water Sports Centre near Patterson Lakes.
650 m from the mouth of the Patterson River, the trail meets the Bayside Trail at Launching Way.
Popular sporting and recreational grounds along the route include:
The Dandenong Creek Trail connects to numerous other paths:
- Tarralla Creek Trail, Belgrave Rail Trail and Blind Creek Trail in the north
- Scotchmans Creek Trail and EastLink Trail in the centre
- Hallam Bypass Trail, Dandenong South Trail, and Bayside Trail in the south
The north and south ends of the trail areand , respectively.
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- "Bayswater 2020: The Bayswater Activity Centre Structure Plan" (PDF). Knox City Council. 2005. p. 66. Retrieved 19 July 2019. Lay summary – Summary.
- "EastLink Trail" (PDF) (Map). EastLink. Melway Publishing Pty Ltd. 2007. Retrieved 20 July 2019.
- Dandenong Valley Parklands (PDF) (Map). Parks Victoria. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
- "Walking & Cycling". City of Whitehorse. Retrieved 20 July 2019.
The Lookout Trail Park in Vermont South offers a 1.3km shared track for walkers and cyclists. There are great views of the beautiful landscape within the Dandenong Creek Valley and Dandenong Ranges
- Walking and Wheeling in Whitehorse (PDF). Whitehorse City Council. p. 16. 120008018.
- "Bushy Park Wetlands Visitor Guide" (PDF). Parks Victoria. April 2007. Retrieved 20 July 2019.
From Jells Park, pedestrians and cyclists can travel north to the Bushy Park Wetlands along the Dandenong Creek Trail
- "Nortons Park and Shepherds Bush Visitor Guide" (PDF). Parks Victoria. May 2010. Retrieved 20 July 2019.
Leading south from Nortons Park picnic area is a gravel path. This takes you past the remnants of an old orchard to Shepherds Bush, where you can link onto the Dandenong Creek Trail
- Blunden, Julia (2009). Bike rides around Melbourne (3rd ed.). Open Spaces Publishing. ISBN 978-0-9752333-4-4.
- Sabey & Associates Pty Ltd, ed. (2004). Bike Paths Victoria (6th ed.). p. 112. ISBN 0-9579591-1-7.