Explore the local area on foot and discover a world of natural treasures.
As the weather begins to cool down in the autumn and winter months, take advantage of the fresh air by pulling on some hiking boots and setting off for a walking adventure through some of the many and varied walking trails across the region. Throughout the West Gippsland region there are plenty of walking tracks, hiking paths and recreational trails perfect for all fitness levels. Pack your water bottle and sense of adventure, and discover the natural treasures hidden in your own backyard.
The Cardinia Reservoir Park offers the perfect setting for a picnic, barbeque or stroll along the reservoir wall, or one of the many walking tracks. The park offers three picnics areas, and two reservoir viewing areas, offering spectacular views of the water and surrounding area. To discover the park’s natural flora and fauna, the self guided Tea Tree Trail, which takes you through bushland from Duffy’s Lookout to the observation car park, is perfect. Dogs are permitted on walking tracks, but must be kept on a lead at all times. Cardinia Reservoir can be accessed via Wellington Road, or Red Hill Road.
The Cardinia Aqueduct Recreation Trail is set in the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges, is an excellent recreation trail for walkers, horse riders, bike riders and joggers. Set among eucalyptus forest and beginning in Pakenham, the trail follows a disused section of Bunyip main race aqueduct and maintenance track, and ends near Dickie Road, Officer. The aqueduct has played a major role in the past, providing water for the expansion of rural and urban development in the Mornington Peninsula. This area of West Gippsland has a unique diversity that ranges from grassy woodlands, wet gully forests and tall eucalyptus forest, which support a wide diversity of native animals and significant plant species. The walking track is an easy 5km walk on a gravel trail, around 1.5 hours return.
Mount Worth State Park is situated on the western rim of the Strzelecki Ranges. Mount Worth State Park encompasses 1040 hectares of Mountain Ash forest and regenerating native bush, with several walking tracks in the state park catering for all fitness levels. The Giant’s Circuit is a 1.8km walk that takes around one hour to complete. Begin at the Moonlight Creek picnic area and follow the route of a timber tramway through Mountain Ash Forest and fern filled gullies. This walk includes the impressive Standing Giant, a huge Mountain Ash around 300 years old. The Gardiners Mill Track is a one hour return walk, around 1.5km in total. This walk is an extension of the Giant Circuit and takes you through regenerating Mountain Ash forest, and brings you right along the tree fern lined Clark Creek. For a shorter journey, the Maslin’s Mill walk is only 40 minutes return, commencing at the far end of the Moonlight Creek picnic area, this track meanders through forest of Mountain Ash and Blackwood, down to the Maslin’s Mill site.