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Mel 21 A1

Commences at the Andrew Yandell Habitat Reserve near the corner of Community Drive & St Helena Rd, Greensborough.  Proceed north past the pre-school.  Initially the track proceeds straight ahead, then veers left.  Ignore the minor track proceeding straight ahead.  At the next junction turn sharp right.  From the end of the track turn right onto the bitumen (at this point, the name of the street isn’t evident), and after about 100m, look for a footpath on the left.  Take this path.  This leads to a road, which you now follow. At the first road on the right, turn right.  This is Hebden St (the sign is concealed behind branches).  On reaching a T junction with Greenhills Rd, turn left, and proceed to a major divided road.  This is Diamond Creek Rd.  Cross Diamond Creek Rd (traffic travelling at 70kph on right, 80kph on left), and look for the footpath that runs between the houses and Greensborough Bypass.  Turn left on to this path, and continue on this as it runs parallel to the bypass.  Pass the footbridge over the Bypass coming in on the right, and proceed straight ahead, ie passing the path on the left.  At the next concrete footpath coming in on the left, turn left.  Walk along this path, cross under Plenty River Dve, and follow the path as it veers to the right.  You will reach a point where the sealed path leads steeply downhill on the right, and a gravel path can be seen slightly to the left.  Both overlook Partingtons Flat.  Veer left here onto the gravel, rather than heading down the concrete path.  The gravel path wends downwards, initially with houses on the left, and views over sports ovals on the right.  When a path enters from the right, turn right here.  A small gap in the fence and several steps (partly concealed) enter from the right a little further down the hill.  Turn right through the gap, and walk down the steps.  At the bottom of the steps, turn right, and walk around and above the sports oval (the oval will be on your left).  At the end of this path, cross the ford on the left alongside the footbridge.  Turn right into Yando St, and look for the gravel path just beyond the car-parking spaces on the right hand side of the road.  As the path peters out, cross the Yando St, and walk to the lake a little above you on the left.  Walk around the lake, passing a toilet block on the way (these are usually open).  Cross a foot-bridge, and eventually return to Yando St and to the car parking area at a point where the street makes a 90 degree turn. At the end of Yando St, cross into Whatmough Park (immediately ahead).  Walk around the perimeter, then cross the swing bridge.  Walk towards the Living and Learning Centre, again around a sports oval.  Cross Diamond Creek Rd at the lights, and proceed up St Helena Rd.  Two-thirds of the way up, either take the dirt track and steps on the left, or simply continue up and along St Helena Rd to return to the cars.