“Parks are for everyone”
The super cute sign says “Parks are for everyone”.
Maybe they mean the “parks” in the car park… if the empty carpark is anything to go by?
It is 10:30am on a slightly overcast Sunday morning in Melbourne. Where is everybody?
Alex and I arrive at the parking bay, ready to check out the cottage and to walk the trail which links to the cottage.
Where is everybody?
I haven’t been here for years and I thought Alex and I might enjoy a Sunday morning out in the fresh air.
The “cottage” located here is the original Schwerkolt Cottage (built in 1888 by German born pioneer, August Schwerkolt). The cottage adjoins the Yarran Dheran bushland park. We set off to firstly explore the exteriors of the restored buildings which include August’s original stone cottage.
With its lovely verandah, its super cute.
Another building in the cottage complex includes the smokehouse. Used for smoking of meats etc not “smoking” of any other sort.
The grounds also include a museum, barn, cellar and orchard machinery shed.
Barn and gardens
None of the buildings are open today. If you want to look inside the buildings and the artefacts stored in them, best to come any time other than a Sunday morning at say…10:30am.
A track from the cottage leads to the Eastlink Trail which trail runs alongside the Mullum Mullum Creek, traversing the creek at several locations via various bridges.
The two B’s bridges and bushland
The Eastlink trail also runs adjacent to parts of the Eastlink Freeway and the Mullum Mullum tunnel which is mostly hidden from view by the natural bushland.
The sun is trying to peek through the clouds as we set out on our walk. This trail is fantastic. It is an easy walk, on a concrete track (which takes away from the natural feeling but makes it easy for all). The track is wide enough for both walkers (us), joggers (not us) and both lycra and non-lycra clad cyclists (sometimes us in non-lycra). We are passed by joggers and cyclists alike, all enjoying the tranquility of the trail.
The Mullum Mullum Creek is flowing quite quickly and there are signs of yesterday’s high water levels, while now receded, when some areas of Melbourne received the total of its average monthly rainfall in one day.
Alex and I walk the section between the car park on Deep Creek Road to Quarry Road with a vow from Alex that he will walk other sections with me. I will hold you to that Alex!
Mullum Mullum Creek
This one section of the trail takes us 90 minutes return (which included exploring the cottage complex).
its a sign
So I finish with the question I started with… where is everybody? This is a great spot and should be explored and used. I wish I had taken the time before now to re-discover the walking trail facilities that are now available in this area and look forward to walking other sections of this extensive trail.
A fitting finish to a refreshing walk is with a coffee at a local coffee shop, sitting in the sun. We take the 5 minute drive to the nearby shopping strip at Mitcham for this necessity.