From MSAC, cross Aughtie Road on to the Lake Path by Coot Picnic Area. Heading clockwise around the lake, you will first come to a series of boatsheds, a restaurant and café and jetty. Looking out over the lake you can see Gunn Island. This and the lake’s other two islands are important habitats for migratory birds such as the Great Egret, the White‐throated Needletail and the Sacred Ibis. You’re also likely to see Black Swans, Pacific Black Ducks, pelicans, coots and cormorants.
Continuing past the boatsheds you will see a series of ponds on the edge of the lake. These ponds filter pollution from the stormwater that runs off the city during Melbourne’s notorious heavy showers. On your left is the golf course and the road you can see is part of the Australian Grand Prix circuit.
Continue along the trail to the southern shore of the lake. This is good place to stop to enjoy a superb view of Melbourne’s city skyline with the lake in the foreground. If you’re here at sunset or sunrise, the colours are simply gorgeous (weather permitting).
The trail continues on for another 1.5km before coming to the Carousel Café, which is a good place to stop and watch Black Swans against the backdrop of a pleasant lake view.
You’re now just a few minutes from the bike docking station at MSAC. Turn off the path when you pass two islands just offshore of the lake. Cross Aughtie Drive and you’ll see MSAC.