It’s not often that I get the opportunity to indulge in a mid-week hike, so when P called on me to accompany her, I jumped at the chance. She was trying to make the most of Melbourne’s last attempt at beautiful sunny weather before winter’s early arrival with its miserable weather the following week.
Even though I have lived in Melbourne for all of my life, I have to admit that I hadn’t heard of Lysterfield Park (or the nearby Churchill National Park) until P proposed that we go for our walk there. A quick Google revealed that this could be considered somewhat of a natural oasis in the middle of the surrounding suburbs of Melbourne – near Narre Warren. It is a popular spot for lake-related activities, mountain biking, picnics, and walking/running. Mid-week or solo walking here seems to be fairly safe as the tracks are not too busy, but are still busy enough for one to take comfort that there are people around to help if required. We completed a circuit around Lysterfield Lake, which was an easy, fairly flat 8km walk on a wide gravel path. Unfortunately, there were not too many opportunities to see the Lake on the track itself, but walking in an anti-clockwise direction meant that we saved the best views until last whilst walking along the dam wall.