August 15, 2014 / Comments (0)

Newport Lakes

Newport Lakes - family friendly hiking
Newport lakes hike

An easy hike with our baby in the baby backpack carrier

A little slice of forested suburban bushland, Newport Lakes is a real little gem. I’ve lived in the West for most of my life… how did I not know about this place until now?

Newport Lakes Park

Nestled in a 33 hectare park just off Mason Street in Newport and only  about 10kms or so from the Melbourne CBD, Newport Lakes used to be an old bluestone quarry and rubbish tip. You wouldn’t know it today. It has been completely revegtated with native trees and plants. It reminded me of being out in Werribee Gorge or at the You Yangs.

Getting there

Coming from Melbourne, take the Williamstown Road exit after the Westgate Bridge and turn right into Mason Street and then turn right about half a km or so later into Margaret Street. Plenty of parking available.

Walking around Newport Lakes

Newport Lakes hiking

It’s like being in the middle of the bush!

It’s only a very short walk around the lake via the tracks and it has some mild undulations. The path we followed around the lakes was only 1.7km and it took us about 24 minutes.

There are some large stepping stones across the lake so you can go from one side to the other. We might explore that another time though it’s a bit harrowing with the baby on your back.

Newport Lakes map

Click on the map for a larger more detailed view

Other facilities

There’s a fabulous grassed picnic area with a playground next to the Lakes – it’s a perfect spot for a family bushwalk and picnic. There are electric BBQs and toilets, too.

Newport lakes hike

All tuckered out during the hike, our little man slept through most of the walk

Find out more

Check out these resources to find out more about Newport Lakes

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