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Nomads Outdoors Group – Alphington to Hartwell Walk

July 2, 2023

A scenic urban walk through the Darebin Parklands and along the Anniversary Trail, incorporating the superb new river crossing linking the Darebin Parklands to the Main Yarra Trail.

GRADE | LENGTH | TYPE: Medium 12 km point-to-point walk (the medium rating is due to the distance plus one embankment ascent/descent).

ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION: Departing from Alphington Station, the walk transverses Darebin Parklands through to Sparks Reserve then into Napier Waller Reserve. At this point we will ascend an embankment to undertake an external inspection of the home and studio of the late Napier Waller. The house features as a silent star of a recent TV series. Advisory: a hiking pole would be useful in particular for the ascent plus the descent.

Returning to the reserve, we take the path and bridge across the Yarra River into Kew. Proceeding through parkland we connect up to the Anniversary Trail, which started life as the Outer Circle Railway. The walk continues along this paved trail through East Kew, Balwyn, Deepdene, Canterbury and East Camberwell to terminate at Hartwell.

Lunch will be taken in one of the many parks that are integrated into the Trail. Toilets and water bubblers are accessible in the later parts of the Trail. At the conclusion of the walk, there is a choice of public transport to return home: Tram #75 on Toorak Road or Hartwell Station on the Alamein Line with a change at Camberwell – a 20 minute service frequency.