A trail of Geelong’s natural wildlife

At Watermark a balanced lifestyle is easy to enjoy, with some of Victoria’s most-outstanding surf beaches, wineries and wildlife nature reserves all within a short drive from home.

When you want to truly escape from the hustle and bustle of a busy life, the Barwon River Trail on the outskirts of Geelong ticks all the boxes. Just a stone’s throw from Watermark, residents will be able to enjoy the Trail’s set of sealed paths that gently wind along a 20km stretch of the Barwon River. Soak up the circuit’s tranquility and unspoilt Australian bush setting with an abundance of riverside vegetation and vibrant local flora and fauna.

The fully paved trail officially starts and finishes at the Balyang Sanctuary, before gently winding along the river bank. A continuous cycling and pedestrian network runs all the way from Fyansford to South Geelong, so that walkers can tailor the route themselves, with several different exits and entrances dotted along the circuit, including near John Landy field in central Geelong.

The sealed path turns into a boardwalk at Yolinko Reserve just before Queens Bridge – a former cattle bridge constructed in 1861, now providing unique views of the river and surrounding environment. Mid trail, walkers will stumble across Belmont Common which is a hub of activity on the weekends with football and cricket players. Watermark residents should be sure not to miss the view of Buckley Falls, located along the southern path in Highton, additionally acting as another point of access.
The stylish Barwon Edge Boathouse is the ultimate pit stop along the trail; sample its extensive menu while taking in the expansive view of the landscaped gardens. The restaurant is also a function venue, catering for everything from intimate breakfast meetings to entire restaurant bookings.

Delivering a tranquil backdrop for everything from a leisurely stroll to a daily exercise route, the Barwon River Trail is the perfect retreat. The trail is dog friendly too so don’t forget to bring along your canine companions as you enjoy your escape from your busy life.

For more information and suggested routes along Geelong’s iconic Barwon River Trail, visit Geelong Australia’s website: http://www.geelongaustralia.com.au/parks/paths/article/item/8cca45a3bd8ec62.aspx