The bus ran along Jukes Road and then north to Anderson Street where I left the bus. This part I had planned, how to get to the beginning of the Merri Creek Trail, near Mahoneys Road. On one side of the road, a well maintained modest house.
On the other side, not such a well maintained house. Why do people north or west of the city hate trees? If this was my side of town, you might not be able to see the houses because of trees.
Just a vacant block of land among the houses was the pathway to the Merri Creek Trail.
The path led to a expanse of open grassland. A couple of people were there with their dogs. I began the walk and it wasn't long before I came across this, so disappointing and unnecessary.
At this point I did not understand the path. It is not one path or trail. There are high paths, low paths, and paths on the opposite side of the bank. I want to be down there, next to the creek, but how?
You can possibly ride a bike all the way along the trail by using the shared pedestrian and bicycle paved path.
Steps!!! Down to the creek. Some time into the walk, I really needed to see the creek. It was quite warm, about 25 degrees and the sun was beating down on me.
Stormwater drains pour into Merri Creek, so it can quickly flood.
No idea what this thing is about.
And there are more of them. They may well be called Moomba Rocks.
Water at last. It really is a modest creek at this point.
Some rocks. Fascinating, no?
A lonely picnic table. Not so easy to get to if you and are kind of normal and drive to a park for a picnic.
Why do people damage things like this? What pleasure do they get from it?
Burning and glass. I think a car may have been destroyed here.
Another area that looks like it was burnt when a car was set on fire.
At this northern end of the creek there has been so much planting of I assume native species. Planting here would be easy. Some of the planting along the the sides of the creek bed must have been very hard work.
One of many pedestrian and cycling bridges over the creek. I went under this one.
A little more vandalism.
It is a lazy little creek at this point, only being really motivated when it must travel over some stones or rocks.
Willow trees along side a creek look wonderful, but they are a pest species in Australia.
Lots of signs advising people of alternative routes if the paths are flooded. This was quite consistent and well done, I thought.
Another pest species, these cactus.
I believe this is St Basil's Homes for Aged Care in Victoria.
At times the creek disappeared among rushes, other times deep in a ravine, at times quite open and exposed.
The back of the Couburg drive in screen.
I think there was a bird in there somewhere.
Until the next walk, farewell little creek.
I left at Mathieson Street and walked to Merlynston Station for the train back to town. I would have walked further had it not been so hot. I think I am North Coburg here and the houses rather nice than those where I began the walk.