This bike walk/ride commences at Diamond Creek railway station. It can be taken as an out and back walk/ride, or alternatively could be finished at Eltham Station, with Diamond Creek a short train ride away.
Leaving Diamond Creek railway station cross the car park and walk along Station St to Gipson St and join the Diamond Creek Trail adjoining a small lake in Nillumbik Park.
Follow the trail through the park until it reaches Chute St. For safety it is recommend that you cross the busy main road at the pedestrian crossing. Cross over and join the trail once again entering Diamond Creek Reserve at the corner of Diamond St.
Follow the trail, which skirts Diamond Creek and eventually reaches open farm and grassed land. On reaching Allendale Road turn left over the narrow bridge and join the Trail on the south side of the road. The Trail now passes through river flats and stands of eucalypts and wattles edging the creek.
After passing through Eltham North Reserve you reach Edendale Community Farm/Environment Centre and if time permits a visit is well worthwhile. After leaving Edendale the trail follows a rather unattractive section adjacent to the railway line and Railway Parade. This section requires caution when crossing the main railway line twice before finally arriving at Eltham Station.
Pass through the Park Gates at Diamond St and follow the trail through Andrew Park and Eltham Central Park. The trail continues under the ‘National Trust’ classified old trestle Railway Bridge before entering the attractive Alistair Knox Park.
Continue along the trail passing under the Bridge St underpass alongside the creek through Eltham Town Park and the adjacent Susan St sports reserve. After passing under Brougham Road continue past Eltham Leisure Centre on the right and follow Bell St heading towards Barak Bushland. Alternatively turn left over the pedestrian bridge at the corner of Withers Way and Bell St. This part of the trail runs alongside the Main Road and passes through Wingrove Park eventually joining the Barak Bushland Loop at a pedestrian underpass on the right just after crossing the bridge over the creek.
Follow the shared path alongside the main road until you reach the gates into Eltham Lower Park after passing the miniature railway station of Pine Creek. The trail winds its way through the park passing the sports ovals eventually arriving at Homestead Rd. A short but steep descent towards the river Yarra gives access to a new bridge which links to Candlebark Park and the main Yarra Trail. From here make your way back to the entrance to the park and then back towards Eltham station.
As an alternative if walking it is highly recommended that instead of following the main trail turn left after entering the park and walk along the roadway past the main station of the miniature railway. This roadway ends at a parking area and a path follows the creek and past the Eltham Pony club eventually leading to Lenister Farm and a viewing platform over the Yarra River. After taking a break at this very tranquil spot follow the path adjacent to the river until it meets the main cycle trail at the new bridge mentioned earlier.
Walk back to the parking area at the entrance to the park to return to Eltham Station along one of the routes described to catch a train.
Ride date – May 2009
Distance Approx 10 Km
Easy walking or riding along mainly flat concrete, bitumen & gravel surfaced tracks with numerous attractive rest or picnic spots.