We have worked with Walking Maps to create a number of heritage walks in our local area.
You can view the walks on your mobile phone or iPad, or you can print the map to take with you on your walk. Each stop has accompanying reference photographs and historical background information.
This walk follows an old train branch line which split off at Macleod station, and from 1911 to 1964 served the Mont Park Mental hospitals which were north west of the station.
This walk starts in the Gresswell Reserve north of Gresswell Hill near the northern end of the Springthorpe Estate, and traces the sites of the old Gresswell and Macleod Sanatoria.
The original Larundel Hospital entrance was located where Polaris Shopping Centre stands now on Plenty Road. The Hospital was built from 1910, in the NW corner of the large Mont Park Asylum site.
The lovely Bundoora Homestead was once part of the Mont Park precinct of mental hospitals, and was home to sick WWI veterans . In 2020 the area celebrates its 100th year as a public facility.
Other walks in the local area
If you are interested in other walks in the local area, here are a couple of additional walks featured on Walking Maps. Please note these walks were not developed by us.
An easy, but beautiful walk through remnant River Red Gum forest in the middle of Watsonia. A place to see diverse flora and fauna.
A walk around La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary visiting many key sites that are offered for viewing. It’s a sanctuary distinguished by many native plants, trees, animals, historical sites and more.