The Birdsong Walk meanders through tall Messmate forest on the peak of the Great Dividing Range near the hamlet of Lyonville just outside Daylesford Victoria. At 4.5km it's a reasonably short walk and the terrain is gently undulating. The tracks range from 4wd tracks to single foot tracks with some short sections marked by guides made from logs or branches placed like tram lines.
It's a walk that's best savoured by including a picnic or extended stops at highlights such as the ferny headwaters of the Loddon River and the forest bound pool/dam lower down on the Loddon.
There is a variety of tranquil, shady locations scattered randomly along the walk, so no shortage of stop/rest/recharge places. Explore a bit further and you'll find a pleasant Tree Fern gully just off the track, and there is a nice stretch of Hakea and also Coral Ferns to add interest.
While much of the Wombat Forest regrowth, and it's hard to know what 'normal' is by now, the closed canopy, open forest with an understory of Blackwoods and grasses is probably what this part of the Wombat was like in its natural state, and this comprises most of the Birdsong Walk. It is rich in wildlife and birdlife. If you're lucky, you might spot a Wombat.
As a Secret Forest Walk, the navigation is by our specially programed GPS units.
So no human guide or confusing paper maps. So just the company of your choice, or solo if you wish.The GPS will show the way.
A consultation is held before the walk which also includes tuition in how to use the GPS.
The cost is $50 solo and $10 for each additional person.
Other walks also available.
Contact Brendan at Secret Forest Walks.
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