You might have spotted this peaceful wetland under the West Gate while you were stuck in traffic on the bridge above. Those will seem like the bad old days once you’re lolling beside a lake (take your pick: freshwater or saltwater), enjoying spectacular views of the bay and city skyline, and spotting native birds including swans, spoonbills, ibises and lorikeets. It’s easy and pleasant to cycle there: follow the Main Yarra Trail downstream.
Westgate Park has also been known to turn a delicious shade of pink from time to time. It’s been doing so every year since the summer of 2012/13 when a collection of hot temperatures, algae combinations, lack of rainfall and excessive sunlight came together like a perfect pink witch’s brew. Luckily, the pink colour has no impact on birdlife on the lake, who you’ll regularly see frolicking around the shoreline.