Truganina Coastal Parklands Altona
Truganina Park has been created on the site of the former Altona Tip.
A feature of the park is the 100 Steps to Federation, a stone staircase made of basalt rock recycled from when the area was a clean-fill tip.
At the summit of the 17 metre high mound is a viewing area that provides extensive views of the local coast. On a clear day, Melbourne CBD and Port Phillip Heads are visible.
The sculpture at the summit, Time Beacon, is by artist Cameron Robbins.
A concrete stormwater drain through the park, which takes stormwater from the adjacent residential area of Altona Meadows, was restructured to form a filtration wetland, in which the stormwater is naturally cleaned before being discharged to Port Phillip Bay.
Truganina Park is one of only three areas in Hobsons Bay (Cherry Lake and Truganina Swamp are the other two) where the Altona skipper butterfly is known to exist. Extensive plantings of chaffy saw-sedge (Gahnia filum) have been undertaken by Council's Conservation Crew over recent years to compliment remnant stands of this plant that survived in the area throughout the days when Truganina Park was used as the local landfill site. Chaffey saw-sedge is the only plant that the Altona Skipper Butterfly, during its larval and caterpillar stages, feeds on. Hence, it is critical to the survival of this iconic local species.
For more information and a map of the park please click here.(PDF, 4MB)
Queen Street, Altona Meadows – Melway 208 K3.
Buses: 411, 412, 415
Cycling: Via the Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail – just across the Laverton Creek Footbridge.