Warringine Park Wetlands Walk
The 3.5 kilometre walk starts in Salmon Street Hastings opposite the caravan park. A gravel path leads through tall shrubs and eucalypts to the edge of a wide expanse of the salt marsh that lines much of Westernport's upper reaches.
Stop for a while at the bridge over Waringine Creek and watch for mud crabs before continuing along a boardwalk that protects the mangroves bordering the creek. Once past the mangroves a gravel path continues through shrub melaleucas to the first of two viewing platforms. From the platform you can see across an unusual perched lake to Sandstone Island and beyond.
The path joins a long boardwalk across the salt marsh to a second platform with extensive views from Hastings to Jacks Beach. Looking across the marsh it's hard to believe that you're only a short distance from suburbia. The salt marsh and mangroves of Westernport are the least disturbed and most diverse in southern Australia. They are a feeding and breeding ground for local and migratory birds and the mangroves provide a nursery for a wide range of marine animals.
The walk continues along the boardwalk and ends at Jack's Beach where a small picnic ground has toilets and barbeques.