Sorry to disappoint you Jakeroo, but it's winter and there were no snakes in evidence.
Here's what I saw;
I felt I was walking down a bush road with wattles in bloom and the smell of eucalyptus in the air. In reality it's 300 hectares surrounded by dense suburbia.
The land was used for quarrying basalt from the late 19th century until the 1980's, and later as a municipal tip (rubbish dump).
Finally it was decided to fill the deep quarry holes to form shallow ornamental lakes and to landscape and plant the area as an urban park to be known as "Newport Lakes".
I was last there a few years ago when it was still rough and weedy with young trees struggling through drought. I am so impressed with the way it looks now, I think I'll be taking frequent short bushwalks.