We were thrilled to find this lush oasis on the edge of the city, especially when we discovered its wonderful historical side.
Built in 1911, it was the biggest pipe factory in Australia, exporting their revolutionary style of pipe to the world. The pipes made here were used for irrigation, drainage and sewerage all around the country, until the business was relocated in 1979.
There's a Pipe Trail to walk and a bazillion pipes to see. Long pipes, short pipes, big pipes, small pipes...
...even picnic pipes.
Ruins of one of the former factory buildings have been transformed into a wonderful area to explore, the History of Land Garden. Giant mosaics add vibrant colour to the green landscape.
The trail took us through a series of gardens with different themes. From the native plants of the Wurundjeri Garden, to the olive trees and concrete pipe archways of the Hume pipeworkers Garden, a tribute to the many Europeans who were employed at the factory.
The remains of the old railway can still be seen...as can the resident Blue-Tongue Lizard, who gave me the fright of my life when I thought he was a snake!
An on-site open workshop, Cycle Saloon, for all emergency repairs (DIY) operates most days...
...and there's also a fixed repair stand along the bike path.
We took a walk along the river to the bridge, for a great view of the mighty Maribyrnong River...
There's also a boat that does cruises up and down here a few days a week. I hope to get back soon to see the parks and buildings from the water.
What: Pipemakers Park
Where: Van Ness Ave, Maribyrnong
Why: historic buildings
How Much: FREE to walk around
Nearby: Jack's Magazine