Road Trip: Trentham

Last weekend we hired a car. Mostly to go to IKEA, but also to get out of the city for a bit. Living (and working) in the concrete jungle, I often crave getting out of Melbourne and away from the tall buildings and large crowds. I was keen to go for a big walk in nature, so we looked up various hikes before settling on the Domino Trail in Trentham. Just over an hour drive from Melbourne, we have been to Trentham a few times before, but haven’t really explored the area much.

So, we packed a picnic lunch and hit the road. It turned out to be the perfect Winter day: blue skies, but with a slight chill in the air. And, Trentham is such a sleepy town that we really felt like we had travelled quite far and were completely immersed in nature. Our favourite way to be.

The Domino Trail begins at the old railway station in Trentham and follows along where the rail tracks used to be. You can still see some remnants as you walk along, but if you didn’t know what it was, you really would just think you were in a usual forest walk. The full trail is 6km long and takes you all the way to Lyonville. Unfortunately, we didn’t have time to walk all the way there and back, so ended up only making it an hour or so before we had to turn around.

It’s such a nice walk, though. The track is flat and well-marked, and can be biked or walked. There are huge trees all around, and birds chirping in the distance. We met a bunch of lovely people and even lovelier dogs during our wander, and it really was just what we needed.

Halfway through our walk, we found a park bench and sat down to take in the views and enjoy the lunch I had prepared. It wasn’t long before we were joined by two rambunctious and super friendly sheep dogs who literally jumped up on us and tried to steal our food! Luckily for us, we’re dog people.

I think this time of year is perfect for the Domino Trail, as it was so nice and quiet, and the weather wasn’t too cold or warm. I’d love to go back to Trentham some day and complete the walk.

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Author: Michelle

Michelle Harvey is a kiwi traveller, writer, photographer, list-maker, coffee drinker, and wanderer. Winter holidays are her favourite kind.

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