2-3 hours 2 km trail loop

Head into the park and towards the ‘egg-like’ sculpture called The Nest. The starting point for the main mission is just beyond this - at the hidden water treatment pond (see map for route).

Allow 40 minutes to walk the trail loop and 2 to 3 hours overall for the activities and free play.

The map below shows where each point of interest is and where to find the natural area (hidden valley).

There is also a spiritual healing trail along the creek (pick up a map at the information boards).

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ID What You See. Picture Gallery

  • Animal traces illustration Gumnut Trails

    Animal Traces

    Whose track or poo (scat) is that? Who made that scratch? Follow the secret animal trails.

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  • Blue Wren Gumnut Trails illustration

    Bird Bingo

    Get to know our feathered friends. Common birds in our Melbourne Parks and waterways.

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  • Growling Grass Frog Gumnut Trails illustration

    The Frog Chorus

    Which frog is that croaking, clicking, whistling, bonking or growling in our waterways?

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  • Water Bugs Gumnut Trails up close illustration

    Water Bugs

    Common water bugs you may find in our lakes, rivers and waterways.

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  • Girl with binoculars illustration


    Birds, bugs, rockpool secrets, rocks and fossils, animal traces and more.

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Extra Activities

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Be More Tree

Are you a calm Koala or frantic fly? It’s time to be more tree. Find your special spot in the hidden valley and strike a Red Gum tree pose. Wiggle your fingers like the branches and leaves.

Now put your Koala calm skills to the test. Sit quietly and see what you can hear and see.

Fishing Wizards Get Ready

Make a fishing wand with what you can find lying around the trails. Long stick for your rod and a reed for your fishing line. Tie them together and find your perfect fishing spot. Sit quietly and see who floats by to say hello - a fish, turtle, swan!?!.

Who did you see on the lakes today? Did you find a perfect spot to sit?

Come Along To A Friends Group Event.

The local Darebin Parklands Association group have lots of free events and activities for families to get involved with. Walk and talks, tree planting, bird watching, weed pulling -see their website for more information.

Join an activity run by the local Friends Group!

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