For nature enthusiasts, Newell’s Paddock, a serene wetland reserve, teems with birdlife, frogs, and snakes, making it a haven for birdwatchers. With over eighty bird species spotted, including herons, cormorants, ibis, falcons, teals, swans, and coots, it’s a treat for wildlife lovers. Easily accessible from the Maribyrnong River Trail, this area offers breathtaking views of the Heavenly Queen Temple, adorned with a towering 16-meter golden statue of Mazu.
Families seeking a cultural outing can explore Pipemaker’s Park, a historic industrial site transformed into a park and wetlands in the Maribyrnong River valley. Home to the Living Museum of the West, the park offers self-guided tours, exhibitions, activities, and presentations on the cultural history of western Melbourne and the Maribyrnong River. You can also relax in the pioneer women’s shelter or savor a picnic or barbecue in this unique historical setting.
Cruising the Maribyrnong River unveils a tapestry of Melbourne’s heritage and beauty, from the bustling Commercial Port to the tranquil Edgewater Lake, creating an unforgettable journey.