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Pram-friendly walks in Gippsland
Rain, hail or shine, there’s something especially peaceful about admiring nature’s wonders, breathing in fresh air and exploring the great outdoors. It’s good for the mind and the soul.
If you’re a new parent on the block, with a little one in tow and a pram to push, we have good news for you. We’ve searched high and low for Gippsland’s pram-friendliest walking trails. Have a read and get walking!
Two Towns Trail, Drouin-Warragul
This 8-kilometre walking and cycling path links Drouin and Warragul, hence the name – Two Towns Trail. The majority of the path has a 3-metre concrete surface, meaning those with prams, wheelchairs or other mobility aids can rest assured knowing it’s quite easy to access. Not only can you take the dog or bike along, but you’ll be surrounded by wetlands and be able to take in views of the Baw Baw and Strzelecki ranges.
Sale Common Nature Conservation Reserve, Sale
An extensive boardwalk winds its way through parts of the Sale Common, which boasts of internationally-renowned wetlands and plenty of birdlife. You can wheel your pram and little one through the conservation reserve to spot kookaburras, possums and frogs. Located off the South Gippsland Highway, the park’s best access for wheelchairs and prams is at the eastern end.
Find out more: http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/explore/parks/sale-common-n.c.r.
Lilly Pilly Gully Nature Walk, Wilsons Promontory
Get a glimpse of Wilsons Promontory as soon as you step onto this track, which leads you through the infamous rainforest of southern Victoria. The 2.6 kilometre path should take you about an hour to complete, with a boardwalk that allows easy access for prams.
Gippsland Plains Rail Trail, Central Gippsland
Take the weekend or just an hour to explore this unique rail trail that sprawls for more than 60 kilometres through Central Gippsland. Admire the panoramic views of the Great Dividing Range, the Great Gippsland Plains and Gippsland’s dairy country. Stop for a rest, drink or food break at any of the towns along the way and even pack ahead so you can stay overnight and explore a different section the following day. Whether you walk a kilometre or two, or take your bub for a much longer stroll, the Gippsland Plains Rail Trail will definitely call you back.
Find out more: http://www.gippslandplainsrailtrail.com.au
Bass Coast Rail Trail, Bass Coast
It may be too cold for a dip, but you don’t have to avoid the beach altogether during winter. Start your trek along this stunning coastal rail trail, breathe in that cool sea breeze and choose the distance that suits you. The 23 kilometre trail has a mixture of compacted sand, gravel and boardwalks that will showcase just how gorgeous the Victorian coastline is. You shouldn’t have any trouble pushing that pram of yours.
Find out more: https://www.railtrails.org.au/trail?view=trail&id=203
Lake Hyland or Kernot Lake, Latrobe Valley
Wide walking trails circle these two lakes, which offer great views. You can finish a couple of loops around the lakes before letting your child run loose through the playground. Pack the pram, your child, a snack or two and away you go. Nothing beats fresh air, even in winter.
Find out more:
Lake Hyland – http://mathisonparkchurchill.com.au/
Kernot Lake – http://gippslandimmigrationpark.com.au