1.5hours 2km loop

Enter from the main carpark and walk towards the boardwalk and wetlands. You can follow the suggested route, or just start exploring.

Allow 30 minutes to walk the trail loop and 1 to 2 hours overall for the activities and free play.

The Skink habitat is harder to find if you don’t follow the trail and map.

The map below shows the suggested route, picnic spots and points of interest.

Scroll down for Map, Extra activities, ID picture galleries.

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ID What You See. Picture Gallery

  • Bug Bingo Gumnut Trails Illustration

    Bug Bingo

    Who might you see under rocks, logs, branches, around trees and in the grass?

    Picture Gallery 
  • Blue Wren Gumnut Trails illustration

    Bird Bingo

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

    Picture Gallery 
  • Girl with binoculars illustration


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

    All Galleries 

Extra Activities

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That's One BIG Lava Cake!

It was 1882 and railway workers were chipping away at a HUGE rock, guess what they found? 50 million years of Melbourne’s geology layered in stone. That’s lava, sandstone, leaf fossils and more.

Take a short walk on the Upfield Bike lane (look for cyclists) and see part of Melbourne’s history. (See map)

How many layers of stone can you see in the rockface? Can you find the pickaxe marks from 1882?

Detail Detective

Hunt around for a small object that you like and is safe to pick up - a leaf, feather, rock, seed, flower?

Touch it, smell it, take a closer look (don’t eat it!) If you have a magnifying glass -what else can you see?

Describe 3 tiny details. Think of 3 wacky uses for your new treasure.

Come Along To A Friends Group Event.

The local Friends of Royal Park 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 Was there anything missing or out of date on the trail?

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