Established as a memorial to Cavendish's Solider Settlers, the mid 50s pioneers, ‘Settlers Walk’ brings our past back to life via brief stories on plaques affixed to volcanic rocks situated along the river.
Entrance to the walk is through the garden beside the Police Station. A plaque can be seen as you enter through the hand gate. Follow via the boardwalk for about 1300 metres along the riverbank to the eastern boundary of the town.
Stop at the sawmill site and imagine the huge red gum logs passing through the whirring saws and the hiss of the steam engine.
Hongsip’s Bridge reminds us of our Chinese connection when thousands passed through Cavendish on their way to the Goldfields.
Meander along the river’s edge taking a moment to view an ancient and picturesque waterhole used by Police troopers surrounded by century-old trees and views of vast river flats and the Grampians.
This section of the walk can also be accessed by car via Cameron Street, one block east of the Police Station, with car parking and a picnic area available.
Peaceful and picturesque vistas, birdlife and beautiful ancient red gums greet you along this section ending with views of the vast river flats and the Grampians forming the backdrop.
Settlers Walk provides picnic table areas, several boardwalks, two footbridges, and plaques along the river noting historic places of interest. The walk is 2 kms in total so allow yourself 45 minutes at an easy walking pace.