3 hours 7 km return bike ride

Head inland along the Elwood Canal (or Elster Creek Canal) away from the beach.

You will see the pavement stories, murals, Elwood Bakery, street galleries and more along this lovely canal. It’s an easy ride with lots of bridges and fun stops along the way!

Follow the canal all the way to the new chain of ponds (Yalukit Willam Reserve) to explore the steppingstones and 10 ponds.

Allow up to an hour to slowly ride the canal, and extra time to stop, explore and complete the activities.

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ID What You See. Picture Gallery

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    Bird Bingo

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

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    Animal Traces

    Scats, tracks and traces. Can you find the signs that animals leave behind?

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

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Extra Activities

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Can you find me?

I was made by lava and am surrounded by water. I am your safe passage to watery adventure…

What am I? Stepping Stones!

Who's hiding in the Tree Hollows?

Eagle eyes peeled for holes and nest boxes on the trail.

Look for critter clues - scratches on tree trunks, eaten leaves, animals' footprints and even poo (scats)!

How many nest boxes did you spot? Was anyone home today? What animal traces did you see?

Come Along To A Friends Group Event.

The local Friends 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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What did you enjoy? What would you change? Was there anything missing or out of date on the trail?

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