Lysterfield Park circuit

(Walk notes by DWP)

ACCESS – From Melbourne the easiest access is via S E Freeway, Monash Freeway, Heatherton Road, left onto Belgrave – Hallam Road, then left at Horswood Road where the entrance to the Park and Lysterfield Visitor Centre is located. About 42 Kms. It should be noted that there is no Public Vehicle access via Reservoir Road, Pedestrian access during Park Office hours only. Refer Parks Victoria Web Site where maps and information about the Park can be downloaded. Melway 108 D2.

After parking the car in a near deserted car park near the Park entrance I walked down towards the Lake and commenced my walk at the dropping off point for water based activities. Turn left along the edge of the lake and meander along the track towards the swimming area near the dam wall. Make your way up to the top of the dam wall and turn right where you get a splendid view of the lake and its surrounds.

At the end of the wall turn right and join the Casuarina Track for a short way before turning on to the well marked Tramline Walk Track. Follow the well defined track past a restored quarry rail cart and information signpost and continue through the forest past firebreaks and crossing Cloverdale Track, Gum cycle Trail, Glen Track and skirting the edge of Wallaby Track. The track climbs steadily and eventually meets the Valley View Track.

From the junction the forest opens up to grassland and I decided to follow the Grassy Spur Walk, again well signposted, past a small dam then climbing up towards the ridge crest with the Lysterfield Hills Lookout straight ahead. The lookout (232M) offers views over the surrounding district including the extensive quarrying operations to the North and West.

After a quick lunch break I followed the Lysterfield Hill Track dropping down in NE direction to join the Quarry Track. The Track follows the fence line for a while and meanders through the forest until it opens up on to the side of an open ridge where several new houses have been built overlooking Lysterfield and beyond. After a short while the track re-enters the forest and eventually meets Glen Track, which I then followed to the junction with Lamberts Track on the left. Follow this track past the junction with Casuarina Track and turn right on to Lake Track, which follows the eastern shore of the lake. Eventually a fence line comes into view with a gated entrance to the wildlife conservation area. Go through the gate and make your way along the path through another gate and then back to the car parking area.

The immediate Lake surrounds are very attractive and offer plenty of opportunity for outdoor recreation particularly bird watching, water sports, running, walking and mountain biking. The most attractive section of the walk was the Grassy Spur section to Lysterfield Hill Lookout.