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Why this Hike
If you are looking for a great hike to take the whole family on then look no further than this great evening day hike along the banks of the Yarra river in Yarra Bend Park, right in the heart of Melbourne.
Track Notes & Overview
The hikes starting point is the Wurundjeri Spur Lookout, you will link up with the bike path that connects to the main road and follow that down until you reach it's end, after you reach the end of that path you may see a set of wooden gates, pass through the gates and turn left to join the main path you will be following for the hike. Make sure to keep on this track as it winds around the river, at some points it can become a little tight so make sure to be careful not to fall over or push past anyone at a tight spot. After passing under the several bridges that cross the Yarra river, proceed down to the right when the path splits into two, this path should carry on through all the way to the end of the hike at Bellbird Park Picnic Ground.
This Mini urban hike is perfect for small kids as it has very flat terrain along the way and is not very long either, to keep younger kids engaged in the walk you can watch the bats take flight every night around dusk. Dusk is the best time to do the walk as you will get to view over 30,000 bats wake up from their sleep and take to the sky, the walk can be done at whatever speed you like and you will have the opportunity to take breaks at the many info signs that have been placed all along the trail to look at some of the history to the area. A few metres from the end of the hike is a viewing platform that gives you the best spot to view Yarra’s famous fruit bats as they take off, the trail is not hard to follow and from this lookout it will only be a few metres until the end of the track.
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Packing for a Day Hike
Even if it is just a small day hike, packing is still essential to make sure everyone stays safe and has fun while on your hike. This free packing list will make sure you have everything you need while taking the hassle out of packing.
Food for a Day Hike
Before setting off on a day hike one thing you must do is plan what food you are going to bring with you. Your snacks and lunches should be nutritious, delicious and lightweight but they don't need to be complex.
Our recipe hub includes a range of lunches and snacks perfect for a day hike ranging from easy to create in minutes to tasty creations like you would make at home.
Leave No Trace
A Hikers Friend fully endorses the 7 principles of ‘leave no trace’ hiking which aim to protect our natural spaces and encourages you to apply them on your next adventure.