New 24km Melbourne River Trail Planned

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New 24km Melbourne River Trail Planned

Victorian Government is working on plans for a much-anticipated Plenty River Trail—a 24km pathway set to captivate outdoor enthusiasts across Melbourne's northern landscape. This exciting project, snaking its way from Doreen to University Hill in Bundoora, promises an immersive journey through the breathtaking landscapes of Plenty Gorge Park and along the serene Plenty River.

Five strategically positioned lookout points will offer panoramic vistas of the parklands, while the construction of two new bridges and the refurbishment of the Maroondah Aqueduct Pipe Bridge will enhance accessibility within the park.

With a substantial investment of $19.3 million in Plenty Gorge Park, the government aims to create a comprehensive recreational space. The Hawkstowe Picnic Area is slated for an $800,000 upgrade, featuring improved facilities and better connections to the Le Page Homestead. Simultaneously, the Nioka Bush Camp will receive a $383,500 makeover to enrich its offerings for nature enthusiasts and visitors.

Prior to construction, thorough environmental and cultural assessments are underway to ensure the trail aligns with the region's heritage. Adjustments to the trail's route will be made to respect any unexpected cultural discoveries.

The project will progress in stages, commencing with work on the Hawkstowe section. As each segment completes, it will be opened to the public, allowing explorers to savor the trail's wonders piece by piece.

While an exact completion date has not been confirmed, the Victorian Government is committed to expediting the project's timeline. The trail is expected to be built in phases, with an optimistic outlook for a significant portion to be accessible within the next couple of years. This phased approach aims to provide the community with early access and enjoyment while construction continues on other sections.

For updates and developments on this transformative project, interested parties can subscribe to updates on the Parks Victoria website. Notably, the project is advancing swiftly through planning approvals under Clause 52.30—a provision intended to expedite crucial projects in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As construction gears up and the trail gradually unveils its splendor, anticipation brews for a new era of outdoor exploration and connection with nature in the heart of Plenty Gorge Park. This isn’t just a trail—it's an invitation to rediscover the beauty of Melbourne’s green spaces and craft lasting memories in the great outdoors. 🌳🚴‍♂️🌿

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