Ernle Clark Reserve walk

This walk is beside the Heathcote River in Cashmere and features swans and woodlands and an interpretation panel.

COVID-19 update on parks and tracks

The Government is asking for everyone to stay at home. Their advice is that you can go for a walk or exercise outdoors for a short time, but to stick to simple walks or exercise spots close to home. 

If using one of our parks, always stay two metres away from anyone not in your household. If you take your dog, please keep it on a leash at all times to help avoid contact with other dogs. Take your dog poo home and dispose of it in your red bin.

Where there are gates and latches in parks, please avoid using your hands to open and close them. If gates are off their hinges or left open, please leave them as you find them.

Cemeteries are open for pedestrian access only. 

The following are closed:

  • Public toilets.
  • Playgrounds, play equipment or exercise equipment in parks.
  • The Botanic Gardens.
  • Car parks within parks.
  • Visitor and information centres.
  • The Spencer Park animal area and fenced dog parks.
  • All Council-owned sports facilities

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Ernle Clark swansStart: Earnlea Terrace (opposite South Library, Colombo St).

Finish: Barrington Street.

Time: 20 minutes return.

Dogs: On a lead.


Start at Earnlea Terrace (opposite South Library, Colombo Street). You can often see a pair of white swans here outside the private residence Swan Lake; affectionately known as Sam and Samantha.  Follow the formed gravel path beside the river through Ernle Clark, a beautiful woodland reserve.

For a longer walk you can continue along beside the river on sealed footpaths. Carefully cross the busy Cashmere Road to reach Cashmere Valley Reserve, which has a fabulous playground (another 30-minute return).

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