Here at phil&teds we’re all parents too, so we understand the challenges you face during the parenting day. One of these challenges can be finding new tracks to explore that are pram friendly.
So we’ve put together a few of our favourite pram walks in Melbourne.
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Let’s talk about Australia, our big sister over the ditch. When we think about Australia, we conjure images of Crocodile Dundee, Steve Irwin and the Australia zoo. When you dig a bit deeper you find a country with several vibrant metropolitan areas and a deep cultural heritage.
Today we’re going to focus on Melbourne, and pram walks that are close to the CBD.
Pram Walks in Melbourne
Melbourne is always named as one of the most liveable cities in the world across a range of metrics. Its CBD boasts an incredible grid of 19th-century lanes and arcades, many of which make you feel as if you’re in on some sort of time piece.
Nature is a few minutes away with world class beaches and public space and parks that are great for families. Amongst these public spaces, there are many popular pram walks in Melbourne that are close to the CBD.
Conservation trail, Jells Park, Wheelers Hill
Jells Parks has over nine kilometres of paths and trails, and 127 hectares of wide open spaces. There are many barbeque and picnic areas, so relax under the shade of the Pines, enjoy the lake views at the Elms, or watch the children enjoy the playground at Stringybark or Yabbie Hill.
Constructed in the 1970s. the lake acts as a flood basin for the Dandenong Creek, and provides a great home for native plants and animals. After you pass the lake, take the first right, across a small bridge. From here you enter the fenced off conservation area.
The conservation trail meanders around the eastern side of Jells Lake. As you pass through the wetlands and billabongs on this trail, take a look at the variety of native bird life such as the Purple Swamphen, the White-faced Heron and everyone’s favourite, the Pelican. Over 150 bird species either live in or visit the park. During the warmer months of the year, a number of birds migrate to Jells Park from China and Japan.
Bushland circuit trail, Yarra Bend Park, Kew
5 kilometres from the centre of Melbourne, Yarra Bend Park is filled with bushland, parks, playgrounds, wildlife and pram friendly walking trails.
This parkland area on the banks of the Yarra river has been a place of leisure and relaxation for Melburnians for almost 150 years. 320 indigenous plants have been recorded in the park, of which more than 100 species are considered to be of local, regional or state significance. Hopefully you will see some animals in the park including platypus, and a range of bat, bird and reptile species.
The Bushland Circuit Trail is our pick of the pram walks in Melbourne. It’s a very nice bushy spot. It starts at Kanes Bridge, a large suspension bridge over the river and after crossing, you’ll see a sign to the Bushland Circuit Trail. Boats are available for hire nearby.
Maribyrnong Valley Parklands, Brimbank Park, Keilor East
Maribyrnong Valley Parklands featuring Brimbank Park is just a short drive from the heart of Melbourne City. The parklands offer ideal settings for picnics, walks along the extensive network of trails, fishing, canoeing and bird watching, all set within peaceful parklands surrounded by prolific birdlife.
Brimbank Park was first settled by Europeans in the 1830s, soon after Melbourne was founded. Fifty-five metres below the western plains, the Maribyrnong River flows at the base of a high bank. It derived its name from the practice of the locals driving their stock ‘around the brim of the bank’ of the Maribyrnong River. Brimbank Park was opened in 1976 as part of the Maribyrnong Valley Park. The rich river flats on the east bank were used for market gardening until 1983.
Watch for the many water birds and enjoy the scenic walking tracks. Stop in at the cafe or enjoy meeting the animals at Horseshoe Bend Farm. Walk along the Australian Plant Trail and experience the colour and beauty of plants suitable for growing in the Keilor area. The main trail follows the river and forms a circuit of 4.3 kilometres. It links to the Maribyrnong River Trail, making it possible to walk or cycle from Keilor along the river to Footscray.
Merri Creek Trail, Fitzroy North
The Merri Creek Trail is a shared use path for cyclists and pedestrians and is a great pram walk in Melbourne. It follows Merri Creek through the northern suburbs of Melbourne. The trail follows the creek closely, and there is lots of green space at points along the path.
When you get to Coburg Lake the scene changes. The lake used to be a bluestone quarry; its massive stones used to build the nearby walls of the Pentridge prison and housing estate, which has historical interest. There are tortoises in the water and an abundance of birdlife.
A final note
All of these walks are easily traversed with a 3 or 4 wheel pram as they’re paved and are very flat. What is your favourite pram walk in Melbourne? Let us know by leaving a comment. Visit our stroller fit program if you’re interested in moving really fast to feel good and remember; enjoy parenting!
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