The 40 hectares of bush in ten distinct planting groups, fresh and saltwater lakes, lagoons and ponds, the majestic Westgate Bridge, the Yarra River, the passing parade of ships and the CBD on the horizon are just a few of the visual treats at Westgate Park. Cycle, walk or run along the many paths and tracks. Fish, birdwatch, take photos, admire the wildflowers, the tall gums and the salt lake when it’s pink. Roll on the grass, BBQ, picnic, kick a footy on the oval watch the sunset across the water….
Walking is clearly the best way to enjoy the plants and animals, the marvellous vistas, fresh air and the sound of birds and frogs. An obvious short walk is around the Freshwater Lake. However the you will see more varied terrain, different plants, interesting wetlands and other views if you venture beyond it.
Most paths are shared with bicycles so take care at intersections. Here are maps showing our suggested self-guided walks, marked by red arrows, through the two main sections of the Park. See Walk pages for detailed directions and photos.
Drawings by George Fotheringham, CAD by Lecki Ord, July 2011