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Campaspe River: Home of the Elusive Platypus

The Elmore Township is situated on the banks of the Campaspe River. A favourite spot for locals and visitors alike, the Campaspe River is home to stunning wildlife, none more unique than the elusive platypus.

The Campaspe River is a favourite spot for recreational fishing, nature and photography enthusiasts, and creates a spectacular backdrop for picnics and leisurely (or brisk) walks. 

Stretching from the Campaspe Bridge (corner of Margaret and Jeffrey Streets) to the corner of Campaspe and Childers Streets, the Campaspe River Walking Track allows for easy access to this rich natural space. The track also features a series of information boards which highlight the unique attributes of this stretch of the river, a heritage sign positioned near the bridge, and formal and rustic seats perfect for enjoying a bite to eat or a moment of quiet reflection.

A section of the walking track is boarded by the Campaspe River Pepper Tree Avenue. The avenue of trees between the Campaspe River Bridge and Childers Street along Campaspe Street was planted on August 10 1898. The trees were donated by the Elmore Water Trust. 

Along the walking track, at the intersection of Cardwell and Jeffrey Streets, is a natural play space featuring fallen river red gums, stumps and a sand pit. The picnic space is well appointed with tables, a rubbish bin and drinking fountain, as well as ample space for long vehicle parking. It is only a short walk to public toilets and the main street and makes a perfect setting for families to enjoy the river.

Make time to explore the Campaspe River and all it has to offer. And be sure to look out for our most elusive resident.

 

Campaspe River: Home of the elusive platypus

Campaspe River: Home of the elusive platypus

Platypus

Platypus

Platypus 2

Platypus 2

Platypus 3

Platypus 3

(The images were taken on the South side of the Elmore Township on Friday July 8 2016. Text and images courtesy of Meg Doller)