Gardiners Creek Trail

6 h to 10 h 30 min
2 h 45 min to 5 h

15.7 km
return

↑ 146 m
↓ -146 m

Easy track
Starting on Ryburne Ave in Ashburton, this walk follows the Gardiners Creek Trail on a pathway shared by walkers and cyclists, ending near St Kevin's College and Scotch College in Burnley. Following the course of Gardiners Creek, the trail goes through many different parks and reserves, passing by a number of different sportsgrounds and playgrounds along the way. It also passes through beautiful wetland areas where ducks, birds and frogs can be seen. The trail ends upon crossing a bridge over the Yarra River, where it links to the Main Yarra Trail. This trail is ideal for family outings, dog walking, jogging or bike riding. It's a very popular walk, and it can get crowded on weekends. Be aware of speeding bikers passing by. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start At the intersection of Ryburne Avenue & Anniversary Trail (-37.8754966,145.0735799)
Mode Bus Car Train
DirectionsFrom Olympic Boulevard, 20
  • Turn on to Batman Avenue then drive for 1.9 km
  • Keep right onto CityLink, M1 and drive for another 840 m
  • Keep right onto CityLink, M1 and drive for another 6.4 km
  • Keep left onto High Street Off Ramp and drive for another 490 m
  • Turn left onto High Street, 24 and drive for another 260 m
  • Continue onto 24 and drive for another 260 m
  • Turn right onto Albion Road and drive for another 600 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Albion Road and drive for another 620 m
  • Turn right onto Solway Street and drive for another 540 m
  • Turn right onto Nicholas Street and drive for another 115 m
  • Turn slight right onto Ryburne Avenue and drive for another 90 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From Ryburne Avenue(80 metres southeast of intersection with Nicholas Street), head along the concrete track veering right as you pass by a blue&white signpost with bicycle signs on it. Follow the said track and move parallel to the road(to your right) to continue along Gardiners Creek Trail.....
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Ryburne Avenue & Anniversary Trail Start heading along Gardiners Creek Trail (a highway|cycleway).
After another 135 m continue straight, to head along Gardiners Creek Trail.
After another 110 m continue straight, to head along Gardiners Creek Trail.
Then cross the bridge (about 20 m long)
After another 15 m (at the intersection of Gardiners Creek Trail & Scotchmans Creek Trail) continue straight, to head along Gardiners Creek Trail.
After another 135 m continue straight, to head along Gardiners Creek Trail.
After another 95 m cross the bridge (about 25 m long)
Turn left, to head along Gardiners Creek Trail.
After another 160 m pass the water tap (5 m on your right).
After another 7 m pass the playground (30 m on your right).
After another 7 m (at the intersection of Winton Road & Gardiners Creek Trail) continue straight, to head along Gardiners Creek Trail.
After another 25 m continue straight, to head along Gardiners Creek Trail.
After another 10 m cross the bridge (about 15 m long)
After another 15 m continue straight, to head along Gardiners Creek Trail.
After another 155 m continue straight, to head along Gardiners Creek Trail.
After another 15 m pass the car park (15 m on your left).
After another 65 m continue straight, to head along Gardiners Creek Trail.
After another 95 m continue straight, to head along Gardiners Creek Trail.
After another 70 m veer right, to head along Gardiners Creek Trail.
After another 40 m pass the water tap (7 m on your left).
After another 65 m continue straight, to head along Gardiners Creek Trail.
After another 125 m (at the intersection of Moira Street & Gardiners Creek Trail) continue straight, to head along Gardiners Creek Trail.
After another 125 m pass the water tap (on your right).
After another 6 m pass a seat (15 m on your right).
After another 30 m continue straight, to head along Gardiners Creek Trail.
After another 165 m continue straight, to head along Gardiners Creek Trail.
After another 80 m veer right, to head along Gardiners Creek Trail.
After another 9 m cross the bridge (about 20 m long)
After another 7 m veer left, to head along Gardiners Creek Trail.
After another 85 m continue straight, to head along Gardiners Creek Trail.
After another 10 m pass a seat (7 m on your left).
After another 60 m continue straight, to head along Gardiners Creek Trail.
After another 85 m pass the water tap (25 m on your right).
After another 25 m continue straight.
After another 10 m cross the bridge (about 25 m long)
After another 30 m come to the viewpoint (25 m on your left).
Continue straight, to head along Gardiners Creek Trail.
After another 110 m continue straight, to head along Gardiners Creek Trail.
After another 80 m pass the shelter (15 m on your right).
Continue straight, to head along Gardiners Creek Trail.
After another 6 m pass the water tap (5 m on your right).
After another 30 m pass the playground (35 m on your left).
After another 65 m continue straight, to head along Gardiners Creek Trail.
After another 60 m continue straight, to head along Gardiners Creek Trail.
After another 165 m veer right, to head along Gardiners Creek Trail.
After another 120 m veer right, to head along Gardiners Creek Trail.
After another 15 m pass the "Glenburn Bend" (15 m on your left).
Then cross the bridge (about 40 m long)
Veer left, to head along Gardiners Creek Trail.
After another 250 m continue straight, to head along Gardiners Creek Trail.
After another 100 m pass the "Nettleton Park" (15 m on your right).
At the intersection of Ferndale Trail & Gardiners Creek Trail veer left, to head along Gardiners Creek Trail.
Then cross the bridge (about 30 m long)
Then cross the bridge (about 15 m long)
Turn right, to head along Gardiners Creek Trail.
After another 245 m continue straight, to head along Gardiners Creek Trail.
Keep right.
After another 145 m continue straight, to head along Gardiners Creek Trail.
After another 370 m veer left, to head along Gardiners Creek Trail.
After another 15 m head through the tunnel (about 55 m long)
After another 8 m pass the playground (40 m on your right).
After another 15 m continue straight, to head along Gardiners Creek Trail.
After another 580 m pass the "Nally Pavilion" (20 m on your right).
After another 275 m continue straight, to head along Gardiners Creek Trail.
After another 560 m continue straight, to head along Gardiners Creek Trail.
After another 50 m continue straight, to head along Gardiners Creek Trail.
Keep left.
After another 230 m pass the water tap (6 m on your right).
After another 75 m continue straight, to head along Gardiners Creek Trail.
After another 285 m continue straight, to head along Gardiners Creek Trail.
After another 240 m continue straight, to head along Gardiners Creek Trail.
After another 155 m pass the playground (35 m on your right).
Continue straight, to head along Gardiners Creek Trail.
Keep left.
After another 40 m pass the water tap (15 m on your right).
After another 45 m continue straight, to head along Gardiners Creek Trail.
After another 20 m cross the bridge (about 55 m long)
After another 2 m veer right.
After another 135 m turn left.
After another 50 m pass the water tap (5 m on your left).
After another 20 m turn left.
After another 9 m continue straight.
Then cross the bridge (about 930 m long)
Then cross the bridge (about 400 m long)
About 35 m past the end is "Kevin Bartlett Reserve".
Turn around here and retrace the main route for 7.8 km to get back to the start.
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Terrain
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Gardiners Creek Trail


Grading
Class 2/6
Easy track
Length 15.7 km
Time 6 h to 10 h 30 min
Quality of track Smooth and hardened path (1/6)
Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (2/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)

Some facilities on route
Shelter: There are 2 on route, on average they are 5.2 km apart with the largest gap of 11 km.

Seat: There are 2 on route, on average they are 5.2 km apart with the largest gap of 13.7 km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Shelter
2.4 km[shelter]
Shelter
4.7 kmNally Pavilion
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