Spring is ever so close and while I’m pining for the sunshine, I’m harnessing my last remaining days when I can enjoy a winter wander. Ringwood Lake set the scene for this week’s wintery walking adventure.
The lake hugs the corner of two very busy roads in Ringwood East – Maroondah Highway and Mount Dandenong Road. Though, once you start wandering around Ringwood Lake, it’s easy to quickly forget about the bustle and focus on soaking up the native surrounds.
Ringwood Lake and its native parkland covers over eight hectares and the lake was built by the community back in 1926. Now, it’s a lake that attracts the walkers, picnickers and kids who enjoy playing at the playground. Lots of native wildlife inhabit the area and it’s a joy to watch the ducks waddle along grassy areas.
Melbourne has been in the depths of a chilly winter for a while now, so the non-native trees at Ringwood Lake are found to be bare and skeletal. On a gloomy and overcast day like today, their limbs are lifeless and grey; they yearn for more sun and the promise of warmer days.
There’s a secluded stream at the back of the lake that shows more lively promise, gushing through the dense scrubland to give walkers a fresh and an invigorating scene to admire.
Make Ringwood Lake the scene for your next winter wander. Cnr Maroondah Highway and Mount Dandenong Road, Ringwood East Victoria 3135 Australia. Plenty of parking available onsite as well as barbecue facilities and adventure playground for the kids.