Local Nature

The following is a selection of the local natural attractions available in the Gippsland area.  This list is by no means exhaustive and represents only a fraction of the beautiful examples of natures art!


Nangara Reserve

This is just down Jacksons Track( west of the store) about 3 to 4 km on the right hand side. It is a series of paths through beautiful bush. There is a horseriding trail and fantastic Granite boulders


Glen Nayook

glennayookJust past Neerim Sth via spectacular views over the Tarago Reservoir and some lovely bush covered hills. This is an almost unknown treasure of tree ferns, boulders, fantastic mountain ash trees and a trickling stream that appear out of the side of the hill

Glen Nayook Reserve is a delightful fern glen on the east branch of the Tarago River and a remnant of a Mountain Ash rainforest. The track follows the east branch of the Tarago River to a tree fern gully where the river runs underground for 100m.


Blue Rock Lake

(image from Ruth McGowan)

Yeah, this is a bit further a field but there is nothing like a swim in a spectacular man made lake set in the middle of lovely tree covered hills. Go to Willow Grove from Trafalgar or along Old Sale Rd and turn back toward Noojee. The boat launching area and swimming area is quite well marked.

The Blue Rock Dam and Lake are located on the Tanjil River in West Gippsland.

VicRoads Reference – Map 97 E3

Blue Rock Lake has two recreational areas open to the public.


Noojee and the trestle bridge

noojeeThe trestle bridge is on the way into Noojee from Powell town or Neerim Sth. Fantastic timber structure now used as part of a walking trail. Noojee itself is lovely with a pub and river and just past it is the Toorongo Falls. This is a pair of falls set in lovely bushland.

Just a few minutes drive, or a pleasant walk, takes you to the restores bridge on the old railway which ran from Noojee to Warragul.


Mt Cannibal

Mt CannibalGreat name and it is a small mountain? hill just off the freeway near Garfield. This is a reasonably easy walk, great Granite boulders, great views over the valley and a return walk to the picnic grounds. Very overlooked by tourists

The Mount Cannibal Reserve is located on Garfield North Road, 3 kilometres north of Garfield in West Gippsland, Victoria, Australia. The reserve covers 53 hectares and is dominated by a hill with granitic outcrops. A wide range of native orchids can be found in the reserve.


Mt Worth State Park

Mt Worth

In the Strezleckis and easily accessed by Darnum from the freeway. Great drive up the hills and then down to Moonlight Creek reserve. Then there are easy walks to the old mill sites( there was a giant pile of sawdust which although sinking into the earth provides a really interesting feeling to walk on it.

Mount Worth State Park takes in 1040 hectares of natural forest, regenerating native bush and cleared pastures in the western Strzelecki Ranges, south-east of Warragul.


Tarago Reservoir Park

TaragoTarago Reservoir Park offers the perfect setting for a picnic, barbecue or a leisurely stroll along the beautiful bush walking track. The picnic area has sloping lawns set amongst bush settings, with unique views of the reservoir and surrounding landscapes. Whether you have come for a family get together, relaxing or just a walk, you are sure to find a special area that caters to your needs.


Bunyip State Park

Bunyip

The 4WD track network consisting of 13 Tracks, will be closed to all 4WD and Trail bike users during the winter and spring period. This is for both visitor safety and protection to the track network surface.


Eltons Road Swimming Hole

 Hmmm...  this one is a gem.  Contact me for directions on how to get to this one.


The old rail line walk - Rokeby( also a flora and Fauna reserve)

Rokeby

Starting at Rokeby, north of Warragul, this trail follows the original formation for 4 kms to a town called Crossover where there is another wooden bridge over the railway formation. From Crossover the trail deviates from the formation and follows the road reserve for 3 km to Neerim South, then to Neerim, another 5.6 km, with views of the railway formation and surrounding hills and valleys the whole way. There are seats spaced at 1 km intervals along the trail for the comfort of the weary traveller.


The Ada Tree

ada reeThe Ada Tree, a giant Mountain Ash, is considered to be one of Victoria's largest trees. It towers over the surrounding rainforest in the headwaters of the Little Ada River north-east of Powelltown. The tree is accessible from Warburton, Powelltown or Noojee.

Around 270 years old, the Ada Tree stands about 76m in height with a circumference of 15m measured at 1.5m above ground level. Despite its age, the tree appears particularly healthy. It is though that Mountain Ash can live for up to 500 years but reduce in height due mainly to strong winds. As they age, Mountain Ash commonly form hollows in which many forest-dwelling mammals and birds nest


Toorongo Falls

toorongo fallsThe Toorongo Falls Reserve, near Noojee, is a picturesque area of 16 hectares beside the Toorongo and Little Toorongo Rivers in tall mountain forest. The main feature of the Reserve is a circuit walking track to the Toorongo Falls with a branch to the Amphitheatre Falls.