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Pound Bend Reserve

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Short walk

Pound Bend has a delightful picnic area with tables, toilets, a canoe launching ramp and great views of the river. There are easy walks and tracks around this area.

Dogs are not permitted at Pound Bend Reserve.

Suggested walks

Pound Bend River Walk(3.5km, 1-1.5hrs return)

This short walk leaving from the picnic area will lead you to the historic Pound Bend Tunnel.

In 1870, the Evelyn Tunnelling and Mining Company dug through 145 metres of hard rock at Pound Bend to divert the Yarra through what is now known as the Tunnel. This left five kilometres of old river bed exposed to dredge for gold.

Be careful as the rocks around the Tunnel can be particularly slippery.

Follow the track upstream along the river. Keep a look out for koalas lounging in the tree tops.

At the halfway point, the walk leaves the river and loops back towards the road, along the top ridge and back to the carpark.

Aboriginal Interpretive Signage Trail - Wurundjeri Stories

‘Wurundjeri Stories’ is a fascinating interpretive signage trail that explores the Wurundjeri history, culture, traditional life, spirituality, events and Elders linked to this sacred site. There are seven signs in total, commencing from the tunnel pathway leading upstream along an easy 500m trail. Each of the signs capture detailed historical accounts with stunning artwork and rare photographs, as well as an interactive children’s section entitled ‘Bunjil’s Challenge’.

For more information about Wurundjeri Stories, other Aboriginal heritage sites in Manningham or to arrange a facilitator lead school excursion, visit

Accessibility Information

Picnic Areas

There is a large, grassed picnic area opposite the toilet block. There are no formed pathways through the area and the surface is grass. It is hard-packed but the surface is uneven in places.

Pound Bend grassed picnic area

The picnic tables are of a large slab-style with fixed seating down both sides. The ends of the table are solid and do not have overhang to enable a wheelchair to enter front facing.

Pound Bend picnic table near toilet

There is a walking track along the river that leaves from this picnic area. This path is hard-packed gravel. The path upstream is wide and level until it reaches the point where it leaves the river and doubles back up the hill towards the road. It is recommended to return back along the river at this point. The path crosses a couple of bridges and is flush with the bridge surfaces. The bridge surfaces are made of a synthetic timber that is smooth and without gaps. The bridges are equipped with a hand rail on one side.

Pound Bend riverside walking track Pound Bend walking track bridge
Path along the river and one of the bridge crossings

The path downstream leads to the second carpark and picnic area, the canoe launching area and on to the Pound Bend Tunnel path.

Pound Bend second carpark tunnel path
The second parking area

Toilet Facilities

The best access to the toilet facilities is from the middle of the carpark where there is a gently sloping, sealed asphalt path leading from the parking bays to the toilet block. The total distance is 80 metres.

Pound Bend carpark to toilet path
The path to the toilets from the carpark on the right upon entry to the reserve

Pound Bend path to toilet Pound Bend toilet
Asphalt path and entrance to the Pound Bend unisex disabled toilet facility

The toilet block contains a unisex disabled facility. It has a large swing door with a long vertical handle and a rotating internal lock. There is ample room for a wheelchair beside the toilet which is equipped with side and rear hand rails. The toilet is raised to a height of 450 mm. There is a hand basin within the cubicle with a rounded rotating tap that would require finger dexterity to operate. The basin is equipped with cold water.

Pound Bend toilet cubicle