LILYDALE LAKE WALK
Lilydale Lake, Lilydale
I have been to the lake on weekdays, as well as weekends. It can get very busy, particularly on weekends. Although the main carpark is large, a free spot can be hard to find during peak times. I have never had a problem getting a car space on a weekday.
The newly renovated playground and barbeque areas attract families and picnickers. On sunny days and weekends, coffee, ice cream and snack vans are a regular feature in the car park.
The lake trail itself is 2.5km’s and there are 10km’s of trails around the lake. There are two unfenced off lead areas. The off-leash area at the north west end of the lake is the most used section for dogs to play. The creek running nearby is picturesque and there are quite often dogs taking a dip. The other off-leash area is often empty so is great for dogs who prefer to have sniff around rather than boisterous play.
Dogs must be onlead in all other areas, including the two man-made beach areas. The main trail around the lake is an easy, flat walk and is a shared path with plenty of space to step off the track to let cyclists pass. There are seats scattered around the lake to sit and enjoy the view. There are dog waste bags and bins provided in a few places around the lake. Public toilets are located near the main carpark.
Lake Wall Walk
The Yarra Valley Smokery, Lilydale
The Smokery is approximately a 10 – 15 minute walk from the lake. There are a few 2-person outdoor tables partially undercover. This is the second time I have visited this café and the food was amazing both times. The cappuccino was just how I like it, not overly strong or too milky. Between my husband and myself, we had the pulled pork burger and the Cubano which were both full of flavour. The chips are potentially the best chips I’ve ever eaten and come with a surprise piece of deep fried cream cheese at the bottom of the basket. The owner is lovely and came outside with some meat scraps to feed the dogs and have a chat. I can’t wait until my next visit.