- Distance: 4.8 km/6857 steps
- Time: 50 minutes
- Suitability: Great walk to combine with a family picnic and excellent spot to take overseas visitors to spot kangaroos! Those with wheels will struggle on the bush trails but could possibly manage the lake trail. No dogs allowed in the reserve.
There is ample parking at the Walka Recreation and Wildlife reserve. Access is well signposted as you come down Oakhampton road, turn left at Scobies lane and left again at South Willards lane. The reserve seems to be a bit of a hidden gem as I have never encountered more than one or two other people here….
There are a total of 12 km of walking trails within the reserve and numerous variations are available. This description is for my favourite 4.8 km walk which includes both the lake trail and the bush trails. Start by the picnic area, go left and walk along the stone wall by the lake. Kangaroos can often be seen relaxing in the shade of the trees on the left hand side. Follow the lake trail as it winds its way around the lake and look for rabbits, bush turkeys and many species of water birds. You will get to the turning point for the little mini railway (open on Sundays only) and the path goes along the track for a while. Keep going straight until you get to the boom gate, turn left up the hill and look for the sign posted bush trails. Follow the marked Nature trail through the fairly dense bush and across some wooden bridges until you reach the circular meeting point. Turn right and continue up and back on the Kangaroo trail. It turns around and you will walk past the Nature trail turn off again and continue on until you get to the Hillview reserve area. If you didn’t see any kangaroos in the bush you may well find them here! Walk across the field and down the steps back to the car park. (If it’s very wet or you just don’t want to go through the bush you could just do two laps around the lake – total 6km.)
Please see link below for a map of the walking route.Map of Walka water works walk