At Tikalara Park, we stopped to view the meeting point of the Yarra River and Mullum Mullum Creek, Tikalara meaning 'Spirit of the Place'.
The buzzing of the power lines had us quicken our pace a little. Bzzzzzzt. Bzzzzzt.
The Mullum Mullum Creek Linear Trail continues past the picnic area and wetlands, but we crossed the road and climbed a hill....
...and not just any old hill - this was the mother of all hills.
The Templestowe Hill Climb Circuit was once the steepest bitumen road in Australia and the site of a regular car race until 1987.The 969m road climbed. And climbed. And climbed. Our phone showed a gradient of 25 degrees at 'The Wall'.
My lungs and legs would say it was higher than that.
I was hoping there was a rope attached to this old winch, that I could hook myself up to and get dragged up the rest of the hill, but sadly, there wasn't. My little legs were pretty chuffed to reach the end of the climb and I have to admit, it was exhilarating walking the track - imagine the thrill of racing up there in a old car!
The terrain varied, from gravel track, to wooden boardwalks, to paved footpaths. Mobs of Eastern Grey Kangaroos were all along the grasslands and
amongst the trees. Like most walks we do, this was about 5km and took an *hour or so.
*possibly more if you consider how many times I stop and take photos and post them online. Oops.
If anyone wants me, I'll just be catching my breath on the grass with this guy.
What: Manningham Walks
Why: walks, wildlife
Nearby: Petty's to Fitzsimons Lane Walk