The Harpley Discovery Trail
Explore Harpley’s hidden history by walking the Harpley Discovery Trail and download the Harpley Discovery Trail App to find lots of exciting things to do.
Harpley is rich with nature and history. People, flora and fauna have lived here for many thousands of years.
The Wadawurrung are the Traditional Custodians of this land. Theirs is a living culture with a continued connection to the Country today.
Harpley also has a fascinating history of European settlement. The land was highly valued for farming. The famous Chirnside family also made their mark here.
Explore the nature trails to discover Harpley’s many stories. Look out for the interpretive signage trail along the way.
Go back to Nature
Harpley has a large wetlands sytem which is home to a wide variety of plants and animals. Some of the wetlands are natural, such as the Black Swamp, others are man-made.
Take a closer look at the wetlands by following the boardwalks to the observation decks. Keep your eyes open for native, migratory and introduced birds.
Find out more about the wetlands and their bird life on the signs in the observation decks and on the Harpley Discovery Trail app.
Get More from your Visit
There are many things to do at Harpley. You can walk or run the nature trails and view the wetlands from the observation decks.
The adventure playground is a great place for children to explore. Picnic tables and BBQ facilities are located at the playground. Kids activities are available on the Harpley Discovery Trail app.
The Sensory garden has many native plants. Discover how the Wadawurrung people use them with the Harpley Discovery Trail app.
Harpley Yarns with the Wadawurrung
Dates available by request
For groups we offer you the opportunity to enjoy a 1.5 hour guided tour of the Harpley Discovery Trail with an Elder from the Wadawurrung people, the traditional custodians of the land.
Experience the unique story of the Harpley Discovery Trail with eight dedicated learning points along the Trail, supported by interpretive signage and detailed information and audio via the Harpley Discovery Trail App.
You can also download the Harpley Discovery Trail Educational Kit from the website for ideas for fun and educational kids activities!
For more information or to book a guided tour, please email: [email protected]
Harpley Discovery Trail App
Download the Harpley Discovery Trail app to uncover more of the area’s stories. You can listen to the audio guide, go on a treasure hunt, discover Wadawurrung stories, local birdlife and more! The App is called Harpley Discovery Trail and is best downloaded when you are connected to a wi-fi network (not on mobile data).