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Plenty Gorge Park is spread out and accessed via numerous entries. The park has several picnic areas with playground and barbecue facilities. Plenty Gorge offers walks of varying terrain and wildlife spotting.

Kangaroos at Plenty Gorge Park   Plenty Gorge View

Wildlife at Plenty Gorge

 

Blue Lake view


Red Gum Picnic Area

Parking

There are two 3.6 metre wide designated disabled parking spaces. Both parking spaces share a central access way for loading that is 3 meters wide. The car park surface is asphalt and is level. The two disabled spaces are located directly in front of the toilet block.

Plenty Gorge Red Gum Carpark   Plenty Gorge Red Gum Toilet Block

Accessible parking spaces at Red Gum Picnic Area

 

Gravel Path leading from the accessible parking to the toilet block


Toilet Facilities

There is an accessible unisex toilet located on the far side of the building away from the car park. The cubicle entrance is 700 millimeters wide and there is a low curb/lip at the entryway. The cubicle is fitted with an inward opening swing door. It is light to open and is fitted with a self-closer. There is a low vertical handle on the outside of the door and an internal rotating lock fitted with a wing type handle. The door needs finger dexterity or strength to be opened and locked.

Plenty Gorge Red Gum Toilet Block   Plenty Gorge Red Gum Toilet Entrance

Toilet block

 

Low curb/lip at entryway

Plenty Gorge Red Gum Toilet Interior

Accessible toilet facilities at Red Gum Picnic Area


The toilet seat is 450 millimeters high and is fitted with a side grab bar only. There is wheelchair space beside the toilet. The hand basin stands at 850 millimeters in height, has a clear space of 200 millimeters underneath it and has no exposed hot water pipes. The tap is a fluted handle twist type that requires finger dexterity and strength.

Picnic Area

Red Gum Picnic Area is a large flat grassed field easily accessed from the car park. There are picnic tables provided. The tables have fixed side seating with 300-millimeter overhangs. The tables are all on small concrete pads which do not have ample room to fit a wheelchair.

Plenty Gorge Red Gum Playground   Plenty Gorge Red Gum Playground

Picnic table and playground


Playground

There is a playground behind the main toilet block which is on flat open ground. The main play area is covered with tanbark and surrounded by plastic edging approximately 75 millimeters high. The playground has several ground level play features including a swing set with one back support seat, giant abacus and animal rocking chair.

Plenty Gorge Red Gum Playground   Plenty Gorge Red Gum Playground

Swing set including one seat with back support

 

Curb/lip surrounding playground area


Hawkestowe Picnic Area

The Hawkestowe Picnic Area is on two levels.

Lower Car Park Area

The lower car park gives access to the picnic facilities and a large grassed area. The car park does not have a designated disabled parking area (bays are not marked) but there is a loading area next to the bay that is marked with raised sleepers (75 millimeters high). The surface of the car park is gravel and level.

Plenty Gorge Hawkestowe Carpark

Parking Lot (no marked accessible parking) with loading bay adjacent to closet parking space to the path.

Picnic Area

Entry to the picnic area is at the far end of the car park. Level access is provided through the garden to the flat grassed area. There are gravel paths running through the area. The paths are all level and are a fine hard packed gravel.

Plenty Gorge Hawkestowe Entry   Plenty Gorge Hawkestowe Path

Entry gate into the picnic area


Two picnic pavilions are located to the left. Each is accessed by a gravel path and has a level concrete floor. The picnic tables are steel framed with fixed side seating and a small 225-millimeter overhang at either end. A barbecue is located between the two pavilions. It has two hotplates at a working height of 1 meter and is push button operated. The buttons are recessed and require flinger dexterity to operate within their recessed surrounds. The barbecue is surrounded by fine crushed gravel.

Plenty Gorge Hawkestowe Picnic Area   Plenty Gorge Hawkestowe Picnic Area

Picnic pavilion and electric barbecue

;Plenty Gorge Hawkestowe Picnic Area

Picnic Pavilion


A second barbecue area is located to the right of the path from the car park at the base of the hill leading to the homestead. The barbecue is of identical design and has several picnic tables.

Plenty Gorge Hawkestowe Picnic Area   Plenty Gorge Hawkestowe Picnic Area
 Electric barbecue and picnic table

Upper car park

Up the hill from the lower car park is the old Le Page homestead. It can be reached by a path across the lawn but it is uphill for 200 metres at an approximately 1 in 14 slope. Manual wheelchair users would require assistance. The path leading from the designated disabled parking spaces has no steps. An alternative parking area is located between the homestead and the outbuildings. There are no designated disabled parking spaces. The parking area is a level gravel surface.

Plenty Gorge Hawkestowe LePage Homestead   Hawkstowe Upper Carpark

The homestead and parking area


Toilet Facilities

The toilets for the Hawkestowe Picnic Area are located at the rear of the Le Page homestead off the rear patio. They can be accessed via a flat paved brick path. The assessible toilet is a unisex facility and is located on the side of the house on the far side of the rear patio/ courtyard. The doorway is 800 millimeters wide and opens outward. The handle is a lever type that pushes down and is 1 meter from ground height. The internal lock is a rotary type with a wing type handle that can be operated without finger dexterity. It is mounted below the entry handle at 850 millimeters from ground height.

 Plenty Gorge Hawkestowe Toilets    Plenty Gorge Hawkestowe Toilets
 Unisex accessible toilet facility at Le Page Homestead

The room is large with space for a wheelchair beside the toilet. The seat height is 450 millimeters and it is fitted with side and rear grab bars. The flush unit is located behind the toilet at a height of 1.1 meters. The buttons are raised and can be operated without finger dexterity and minimal strength required. The toilet paper dispenser is positioned at a height of 1.1 meters tall.

The hand basin has clear space underneath it and all pipes are protected. The tap is a lever flick style with long handle requiring only light pressure to operate it. There is a hand dryer located next to the basin and requires a height of 110 centimeters to activate.

Le Page Homestead (exterior)

The rear patio has a great view over the old farm and the large dam below. The large trees offering protection from the summer sun. The verandah areas of the Le Page homestead are wide and level with the car park allowing wheelchair access to the arts school when it is open.

Plenty Gorge Hawkestowe Patio   Plenty Gorge Hawkestowe Patio

The rear patio is wheelchair accessible and ideal for picnicking and enjoying the view

Plenty Gorge Hawkestowe LePage Homestead   Plenty Gorge Hawkestowe LePage Homestead

Le Page Homestead entrance and verandah

Plenty Gorge Hawkestowe LePage Homestead   Plenty Gorge Hawkestowe LePage Homestead

Le Page Homestead verandah and entryway


Yarrambat Picnic Area

The Yarrambat Picnic area is off Yan Yean Road on the other side of the Plenty Gorge Park. It is a small area with large, grassed areas for play.

Parking

The car park has two designated disabled parking spaces that are just over 4 meters wide each. They adjoin a center access path which is 3 meters wide. The two parking bays are directly in front of the toilet block.

Plenty Gorge Yarrambat Carpark   Plenty Gorge Yarrambat Toilet Block

Designated accessible parking spaces with access path to the toilet block


Toilet Facilities

The car park has two designated disabled parking spaces that are just over 4 meters wide each. They adjoin a center access path which is 3 meters wide. The two parking bays are directly in front of the toilet block.

Plenty Gorge Yarrambat Toilet Interior   Plenty Gorge Yarrambat Toilets

Unisex accessible toilet facility at Yarrambat Picnic Area


The is ample room inside with space beside the toilet for a wheelchair. The toilet seat is high at 530 millimetres from floor level. There are side and rear grab bars fitted. The flush is immediately behind the toilet just above the rear grab bar. It is an unusual twist type with a 50 millimetre by 19 millimetre handle. Only light effort is required to operate it. The hand basin has a push button tap that requires some strength. There is clear space beneath it with no exposed hot water pipes.

Picnic Area

Beside the toilet block in front of the car park is a large, grassed area with picnic tables, a water tap and an electric barbecue. The barbecue is operated by a small, recessed push button control and has two cooktops with a working height of 900 millimeters. It is situated on a large brick paved area.

Plenty Gorge Yarrambat Picnic Area   Plenty Gorge Yarrambat Picnic Area

Electric barbecue and picnic table


The picnic tables are steel framed with fixed bench seating on either side. The table tops have a 225 millimetre overhang at either end but sit on small concrete pads that are not large enough to accommodate a wheelchair. At the back of the area is a picnic pavilion. It has a brick paved floor and two tables that have fixed seating on three sides and an open side for wheelchair users. The front of the pavilion has a 75-millimeter lip from the grassed area, but the rear of the pavilion is level with the surrounding grass.

Plenty Gorge Yarrambat Picnic Area   Plenty Gorge Yarrambat Picnic Area

Picnic pavilion

 

Drinking fountain

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On the opposite side of the carpark is a large playing field


Yellow Gum Recreation Area

To access the Yellow Gum Picnic Area, take Memorial Drive and head to the end of Goldsworthy Lane (the driveway is a mixture of gravel dirt and concrete) until you reach the carpark area. It is approximately 2km from the Memorial Drive turn off into this section of the park.

Parking

There is no designated disabled parking in the small gravel car park. The surface is course stones that can be up to 25 millimeters in diameter. Entry to the picnic area is through a gate. There are small gaps on either side of the gate to allow entry with the gap of the right the larger (allowing over 1 meter for visitors to pass through).

Plenty Gorge Yellowgum Carpark   Plenty Gorge Yellowgum Gate

Parking at Yellow Gum Recreation Area

 

Gate access into the park


Picnic Area

The picnic area is about 80 metres up the path to the right. The path is gravel with an approximate slope of 1 in 14. The picnic area is large and flat with a grassed surface. There are several electric barbecues here. They have a working height of 900 millimeters and are operated by small, recessed push button switch. Each barbecue is located on a concrete slab extends a metre around the barbecue.

The picnic tables are a square design with three fixed seats and one open side to accommodate a wheelchair or people bringing their own chair for back support. The tables are located on a natural surface allowing ample room around each table.

At the rear of the picnic area is a large pavilion. It has one fixed table of the same accessible design with room for two more portable tables.

Plenty Gorge Yellowgum Picnic Area   Plenty Gorge Yellowgum Picnic Area

Picnic area with electric barbecue and wheelchair accessible picnic tables

Plenty Gorge Yellowgum Picnic Area

Picnic pavilion at Yellow Gum Picnic Area


Toilet Facilities

There is a toilet block at the rear of the picnic area but there are no disabled facilities.

Plenty Gorge Yellowgum Toilets   Plenty Gorge Yellowgum Toilets

Toilet block at Yellow Gum Picnic Area


Blue Lake Observation Platform

The Yellow Gum Picnic Area is renowned for its views over the blue lake in the Plenty Gorge below. The blue lake can be seen from two viewing platforms. The upper platform is best accessed by taking the left-hand road near the entry gate and then following the right hand branch below the toilet block. There is a path from the toilet block that joins the main path but the gradients exceed 1 in 10 and the surface is rough and rutted. The upper viewing platform looks down on the lake and is a wide area of natural earth.

Plenty Gorge Yellowgum Viewing Platform   Plenty Gorge Yellowgum Viewing Platform

Blue Lake observation platform


The path to the lower platform is over 600 metres in length and has long sections with gradients in excess of 1 in 10.

Plenty Gorge Yellowgum Viewing Platform

Lower platform observation area

Visitors can reach lake level if they take continue following the path for approximately another 300 meters from the lower viewing platform.

Plenty Gorge Yellowgum Walking Path   Plenty Gorge Yellowgum Walking Path

Wide dirt/gravel walking paths lead down the the Blue Lake

Plenty Gorge Yellowgum Gorge View   Plenty Gorge Yellowgum Gorge View
 Lake level access via the dirt path

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