Park Walks forge friendships and health benefits for women

Tuesday 16 March, 2021

One way to start the week is with a refreshing walk in nature with other like-minded people. And that’s exactly what people can do at Lysterfield Lake in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs each Monday morning from 9.30am.  

Launched on International Women’s Day in March, the Lysterfield Park Walk supports people to feel safer and more confident in their local park. Spending time in nature is good for mental and physical health, as well as helping to build social connections. 

The first walk was done with clients of Parks Victoria’s partner, AMES Australia, which provides humanitarian settlement, education, training and employment services to refugees, asylum seekers and newly arrived migrants in Australia.  

Over 20 people cheerfully braved the rain to enjoy the walk and ask many questions, including about the use of the BBQ and picnic areas, swimming and boating activities, the history of the lake, and some of the rules and regulations of parks.  

The relaxing 2km walk along the beautiful conservation trail and beach area is led by volunteer guides. 

If you are interested in taking part in the regular Monday walks, bookings can be made here.

If you’d like to find out more about becoming a volunteer walk leader contact Parks Victoria on or 13 1963. 

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