Starting from the car park on Cherry Plantation Road, Belair National Park, this walk takes you past two war memorial groves via the RSL Walk. This short walk links two war memorial groves on the banks of Minno Creek, passing through native bushland inhabited by birds, koalas, kangaroos and bandicoots. The RSL (Returned & Services League) Walk begins at the remnants of a historic grove of Japanese cherry trees, planted in 1922 in memory of fallen WWI soldiers. Following the creek, the trail meanders through Sparkes Gully to an avenue of tall sequoias, planted in 1962 to commemorate the Australians and Americans who served in WWII and Korea. This easy, well-shaded and partially boardwalked trail is suitable for prams and all fitness levels. There are some gentle slopes and sections that can get muddy after rainfall, so wheelchair users may need assistance. Dogs are allowed, but must be kept on a leash. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
Turn on to Crafers Interchange Offramp, M1 then drive for 510 m
At roundabout, take exit 3 onto Waverley Ridge Road, B28 and drive for another 230 m
At roundabout, take exit 1 onto Waverley Ridge Road, B28 and drive for another 4.5 km
Turn sharp right onto Melville House Track and drive for another 380 m
Keep right onto Melville House Track and drive for another 400 m
Turn left onto Melville Hill Track and drive for another 80 m
Turn left onto Cherry Plantation Road and drive for another 630 m
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started From the car park on Cherry Plantation Road, Belair National Park, head past the gate along the gravel trail, passing an informative sign (to your right). After about 50 metres, you'll reach the trailhead of the RSL Walk, marked with an informative sign about the Cherry Tree Memorial. Head along the trail, following the 'RSL Walk' trail markers, and continue the RSL Walk.....
Directions & comments
After another 105 m cross the bridge (about 25 m long)
After another 345 m turn right, to head along Berri Werri Track.
Continue another 10 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 480 m to get back to the start.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
Smooth & flat
15 min to 20 min
Quality of track
Smooth and hardened path (1/6)
Flat, no steps (1/6)
Clearly signposted (1/6)
Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
No experience required (1/6)
Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)