Burwood Walks #26: Grace Park Walk

St James Park Memorial
St James Park Memorial

Our twenty-sixth walk begins at Stop 27 on the Route 75 tram (Melway 45 B10), and finishes at Stop 23 (2H J7). This tram runs through much of the Burwood Bulletin catchment area. Parking can be a challenge in this area, so it may be a good idea for drivers to catch the tram for part of the journey. The walk is about 5km (depending upon how much exploring you do), and “undulating”. Melway maps 45 and 2H cover the route. If you have binoculars, bring them along.

We start at the busy corner of Burwood Road and Power Street, by walking north along the eastern side of Power Street, for a few minutes, then turning right into Lynch Street, which runs east, parallel to the railway line. The brickwork and stonework are a feature of this walk, as are peppercorn trees, some of which are very large indeed. (If you look closely at these trees you can see why they have that name.) Over halfway along this street, where the apartments start on the northern side, you will see a pedestrian railway underpass heading north, and marked by yellow poles. The other side of the underpass also has yellow poles.

Stop beside them to admire Glenferrie Oval, our first park, and a very important place for some of our readers. Just near the first yellow pole, you will see a set of stone steps climbing beside the railway line heading westerly, and past a nice community garden.

Continue westerly, and when you pass several tennis courts, you have entered Grace Park. This park has a wide variety of trees, both Australian and introduced, and makes for an enjoyable stroll for about 10 minutes to its SW corner via a grey metal bridge. Once you return to Power Street, look to your right, and you will see the start of Denham Street, which heads west. Cross the road to enter this street, admiring the variety of architecture along this street, old and new, larger and smaller. After the second roundabout, we enter our next large park and oval, St James Park. You will notice that lots of trees have been planted on its western side, some in rows, some not. You may wish to spend some time here, and there are public toilets underneath the clubrooms. I walked in a clockwise direction, and then along a NW path back to Denham Street, keeping to the right of the Bowling Club. Continue west along Denham Street, passing Christ Church, where you can see a fine view of the city.

Cross Church Street into Creswick Street Reserve – yet another lovely green reserve. (Exploration is encouraged.) I walked to the tall palm in the middle of this park, then, walking NW down quite a few steps, returned to Denham Street. Continue west to Creswick Street (not signposted). There is no need to explore the park signposted at this corner yet, as we will return to it soon. Turn right (north) into Creswick Street, again noticing the fascinating mixture of styles and ages of the houses. Walk slightly uphill, to the end of Creswick Street, turn left (west) into Muir Street, then fairly steeply downhill to the end of this street.

As you enter Pridmore Park, you will see two seats (one facing south, the other facing west, near the river). The seat facing the river shows a peaceful stretch of “our brown Yarra” with a busy bicycle trail on the other side of the river. (Bicycles are also allowed on our side, but it is nowhere near as busy.) The 15–20 minute walk south along the riverside path is a delight, with steps to the river, playgrounds, Aussie trees, water and seating. As you approach Hawthorn Bridge, you may find construction work taking place, but there are steps close to this bridge, which lead easterly to the Bridge Road/ Burwood Road/Church Street corner, where there is a public toilet, and you will see our tram stop (Stop 23). Be sure to catch “our tram” (route 75) back to our starting point; or indeed, to Burwood, and Vermont South.

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Mark is a retired Science and Chemistry teacher, who enjoys bushwalking and exploring public transport to access these walks. He has lived in Mount Waverley for about 40 years!