Walking Trails Latrobe Region
OLD BOOLARRA MILL SITE
Location: Foster Road, Boolarra.
Length: 5 km Track: easy walks in state forest, suitable for wheelchairs as they are surfaced with bluestone, all facilities are disability friendly including the composting toilet.
Maps are available at the car park.
MOE YALLOURN RAIL TRAIL
Length: 8 km; Track: The surface is smooth gravel suitable for walking, cycling and horse riding; Grade: Moderate
Location: The trail starts at Bennett Street in Moe. Moe is approx 130km east of Melbourne on the Princes Highway and can be reached by regular train services from Melbourne. Finish: John Field Drive near the Yallourn Power Station. Nearby: Yallourn, Morwell, Traralgon.
The Moe to Yallourn Rail Trail follows the route of the former railway line that serviced the Yallourn Power Station. The railway was built during the 1950’s to replace the original branch line, which joined the main line between Morwell and Moe. The new branch line closed in 1986 as all briquettes are now made at Morwell.
The trail traverses open countryside and bushy areas and features views of Lake Narracan, the Haunted Hills and Yallourn West Power Station. Starting from Bennett Street the trail passes the Moe Botanic Gardens and crosses Narracan Creek. Both have access ramps from the trail. After crossing the creek flats the route passes Newborough, with a small shopping centre close to the trail. A detour at Sullivans Track to Lake Narracan is well worthwhile, especially for a picnic or BBQ lunch and perhaps some sightseeing or maybe a swim. The trail finishes at John Field Drive near the Yallourn Power Station.
The Moe to Yallourn Rail trail is excellent for family day trips with a stop at Lake Narracan.
TRARALGON RAILWAY RESERVOIR CONSERVATION RESERVE
Location: Hickox Street, Traralgon.
A real bush reserve in town. This pleasant reserve comprises 29.5 ha of varied bush and grassland with a lake in the centre of the reserve which is part of the catchment of Traralgon Creek. As you enter the car park, there is an information shelter containing informative panels highlighting the history and use of the reserve. The shelter also has a picnic table and seating and a large wooden decking area. The track takes you around the wetland which is home to numerous bird life and native plants. Ideal for a leisurely stroll. Wheelchair accessible tracks. Please note there are no toilet facilities at the reserve.
TRARALGON SOUTH FLORA & FAUNA RESERVE
Location: The reserve is accessed from a parking area off the Callignee South Road, Traralgon South.
The reserve is about 1000ha in area and consists of dry sclerophyll forest with a variety of eucalypts with interesting understoreys. Wildflowers are diverse and plentiful in season and bird watching is rewarding. There are several marked walking tracks ranging up to 9km.
GIPPSLAND PLAINS RAIL TRAIL
Location: Marshall's Road, Traralgon to Glengarry and then through to Stratford.
Extends 63kms passing through high quality dairy country and offers panoramic views of the Great Dividing Range to the north, and sweeping 360oC views across the Gippsland Plains. Visitors can easily connect by Vline train from Melbourne or Bairnsdale to either end of the Trail (Traralgon or Stratford). Some townships along the route offer accommodation and wineries; but all offer food, visitor services and amenities.
CRINIGAN BUSHLAND RESERVE
Location: Access via Maryvale Road, Crinigan Road and Fairway Drive, Morwell.
A significant and rare example of the local natural vegetation.The plant list contains some 150 species from the open forest of narrow-leaf peppermint and manna gum, through a relatively dense understorey to ferns and a diversity of orchids. Walking tracks radiate from the carpark at the northeast corner.
LAKE HYLAND & MATHISON PARK
Location: Corner Tramway and Mackeys Road, Churchill.
This is a lovely place for a walk, workout and picnic with toilets and a playground. Tranquil bushland just a few minutes from town. Walking track along Eel Hole Creek. Fish off one of the five fishing platforms are located around the lake and is stocked with trout each school holidays.
MOE BOTANICAL GARDENS
Location: Access from Dinwoodie Drive, Moe.
Parklands with native and exotic trees. The walking path follows the creek.
NEWMAN PARK / VICTORY PARK, TRARALGON CREEK
Location: Peterkin Street, Traralgon. Track: Concrete paths.
From the Newman Park car park in Peterkin Street, take a walk through the park and follow the path and cross the footbridge into Victory Park. Follow the path on your left to the Marble Sculpture, Band Rotunda, Traralgon RSL Pine Tree (the seed obtained from ‘The Lone Pine’, Gallipoli and planted here in 1965), the Mountain Ash Tree Stump and the lovely garden. The path to your right follows Traralgon Creek around the eastern end of Victory Park, under the bridge (Princes Highway/Argyle Street) to Bert Thompson Reserve (behind Cold Rock & Souvlaki Hut). From here you can follow the bike/walking track beside Traralgon Creek across Franklin Street to Agnes Brereton Park. Return using the same track back to Newman Park.
BOOLARRA RAILWAY PARK (Boolarra end of Mirboo North - Boolarra Rail Trail)
Location: Tarwin Street, Boolarra.
A variety of walks and nature trails from 2.3 km long.
For more information on Rail Trails click here
CRINIGAN BUSHLAND RESERVE
Location: near the northern end of Morwell. Accessible from Maryvale Road, Crinigan Road and Fairway Drive.
Walks start from carpark at the North East corner. Natural Bushland and home to native flora and fauna. 39 hectares with many walking tracks.
DUFF SAWMILL HERITAGE TRAIL
Location: Balook Road, Traralgon South.
From Traralgon take the Traralgon South - Balook Road. Just past the TV towers on your left, turn left into the Callignee South Road. The Northern end of the trail starts approx. 500m along the Callignee South Road. Follow the track south through a shining gum plantation, mountain ash remnant and regrowth forests, blackwood regrowth and tree fern gullies to the southern entrance, which is 4km back to the Callignee South Road.
EDWARD HUNTER HERITAGE BUSH RESERVE
Location: Coalville or Borrmans Road, Moe.
Facilities: Coalville Road car park only - picnic area, shelter. There is a rotunda on the north side of the reservoir, just adjacent to the Coalville Road car park, and picnic seating at points around the reservoir.
There are approx. 2kms of formed paths and a further 1.5km of boardwalk. Please note that wheelchair access is limited to the paths only. The boardwalk has no handrails and is too narrow for wheelchairs; however, walking frames are okay. Contact: Brett McGennisken, Environmental Planner, on 1300 367 700 or email email@example.com
Location: Quarry Road, Yallourn North.
Easy grade walk, most of the walk is rugged country, with a lot of bird life to observe. 10 kms.
Featuring the spectacular Tyers Gorge where the river has carved a winding course between the steep forested slopes.
MORWELL NATIONAL PARK
Location: 16 kms south of Morwell, via Churchill or Yinnar.
A variety of walks and nature trails from 2.3 km long.
Location: Kerry Road Car Park/Picnic Area. Distance: 3.8 km. Time: 60 mins.
With interpretive points along the way, begin at the car park. A wide track meanders along the cool, dark, creek flat to Lyndon’s Clearing, an old log loading site. From here the track narrows and rises into the dry messmate forest to complete the circuit to the car park.
Distance: 2.3 km. Time: 90 mins.
Begin at the car park, after crossing the creek, the wide track rises through the dry stringybark and box forest and into grey and blue gum stands at the top. Rest to look for koalas before completing the circuit down.
Picnic tables at Potato Flat and at the weir. Creek water is not suitable for drinking.
Creek Trail to Weir
Distance: 2.6 km each way. Time: 50 mins
Begin at Junction Road car park. A wide track meanders along the creek through vegetation planted over 15 years. Look for the grey kangaroos and cross the first bridge. Braniff’s Road track joins here. Second bridge takes you to Potato flat. Follow the track past Zig Zag Track across the third bridge to Weir Flat.
Lodge Track to Morans Road
Distance: 2.1 km each way. Time: 90 mins
Begins at Weir Flat and climbs the western aspect slope through blue gum forest, a steep cliffed gully and sparse crest with views of Latrobe City. Note: Morans Road is not maintained. 4WD access only off Lindners Road.
Distance: 2.3 km. Time: 90 mins.
Begins between bridges 1 and 2, climbing up westerly aspect ridge. Rock formations and views of Billy’s Creek. Return to the weir down Lodge track.
Side Creek to Lookout
Distance: 3.6 km each way. Time: 120 mins.
Begins at Weir Flat and follows Side Creek before it climbs the open northern aspect slope and into mature blue gum forest nearer the top. From the saddle follow the fence to the summit for view and maybe an eagle sighting. An alternative return track is down a very steep fence line to Billy’s Creek.
Zig Zag to Jumbuk Road
Distance: 1.9 km each way. Time: 75 mins.
Between Potato Flat and the third bridge begin the climb up the easterly aspect slope through grey gum and peppermint forest.
For Parks Victoria Morwell National Park Notes click here
LYREBIRD FOREST WALK
Location: 2.8 km north of Mirboo North on the Strzelecki Highway, this walk consists of two walks totalling approximately 4.8 km as it winds through the Strzelecki State Forest. Stroll through the gully by the Little Morwell River where platypus have been spotted, continue your walk across the bridge to the Coral Fern Gully. This part of the Strzelecki Ranges takes in the natural beauty of the stringy barks, grey gum, banksia, soft ferns and tree ferns. Amongst the vast range of native plants the lyrebird forest is home to lyrebirds, crimson rosellas, short and long nosed bandicoots, koalas, wombats, black wallabies, echidnas, black cockatoos, and many more birds and animals. A night walk with a torch can be particularly rewarding.
Along the Little Morwell River there is a section of the walk that is wheelchair accessible.
For Parks Victoria Notes on the Lyrebird Walking Track click here
TARRA BULGA NATIONAL PARK
This beautiful area of remnant Australian Southern Rainforest is well worth visiting. Beautiful old beech trees and tree ferns hanging down over the well maintained tracks are only part of the attraction. As well as the opportunity to see wildlife and birds in natural habitat, there are also the Cyathea Falls and a wonderful suspension bridge.
at Visitor Centre at Balook and Tarra Valley Picnic Area
The Ash Track branches off the Lyrebird Ridge Track and leads from the Visitors’ Centre to the suspension bridge.
Fern Gully Nature Walk
This short (400m) self guided nature walk takes you through a lush fern gully and includes the suspension bridge. Start from the Bulga car park. Takes 30-45 minutes.
Lyrebird Ridge Track
The one hour Lyrebird Ridge Track is 2.4 km (return) and is accessible for people with disabilities. Start from the Visitor Information Centre.
Starts from the suspension bridge and finishes at the Bulga car park, taking visitors through a 300 year old mountain ash forest.
Tarra Valley Rainforest Walk
From Tarra Valley car park, the 30 minute, 1km return walk to the Cyathea Falls lets you meander through the rainforest and across small streams.
The Forest Track is the newest track in the park, and is a 4.3 km round trip, starting and finishing at the Visitor Centre. Follow the information signs that tell you about this special forest. The rainforest is full of songbirds. Keep an eye out for the unique lyrebird, pilot bird, crimson rosella and the yellow robin. Yellow tailed black cockatoos may fly over with their creaking calls, but don’t be fooled – the lyrebird is a very clever mimic. Quiet walkers may see the shy lyrebird scratching the forest floor for food. Also be on the lookout for possums, wallabies and wombats.
For printable Parks Victoria Tarra Bulga National Park Notes click here
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