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Lyrebird Forest Walk, Mirboo North

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by Lyndsey V (subscribe)
I'm an ecologist and writer based in Melbourne, Australia. Also visit me at www.instagram.com/victoriafloraandfauna/
Published August 1st 2019
Explore the forests and birdlife of South Gippsland
The Lyrebird Forest Walk is an easy bushwalk through a picturesque patch of bushland near the township of Mirboo North. The forest is an oasis of trees among the rolling green paddocks of the South Gippsland farming region.

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Exploring the Lyrebird Forest Walk, Mirboo North


The Lyrebird Forest Walk is a loop, with a longer 4.8 km option (Warriors Walk Loop) and a shorter 3 km option (Coral Fern Gully Loop). There's also a short out-and-back alternative that follows the Little Morwell River (River Walk: 90 minutes return).

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Options for walks


The River Walk forms the first part of all the track options and is a flat and wide path that meanders through the dense and lush gully vegetation. Tall eucalypts tower overhead, and there's ferns galore.

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Towering eucalypts and ferns overhead


In the cooler months, the track is lined with an array of colourful fungi.

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Interesting fungi along the track in the cooler months


The Little Morwell River flows gently past, and along the way, there's well-placed benches and even a picnic table for stopping and enjoying the surrounds.

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A quiet picnic spot along the river


At the end of the River Walk, the track crosses the Little Morwell River and winds its way up a hill. Shortly after there is a turn off where walkers can choose the longer Warriors Walk Loop or the shorter Coral Fern Gully Loop. These options are undulating, with some steeper up-and-down sections.

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The track heading up the hill


The track takes walkers through beautiful lowland forest, with a dense heathy understorey. Even in winter, there's plenty of colours, with the flowering pinks, reds and whites of Victoria's floral emblem, the Common Heath (Epacris impressa) in full bloom. In spring lookout for an assortment of wildflowers, including native orchids.

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Pink heath flowering in winter


There are plenty of rest stops along the way in the form of benches and picnic tables, so bring a packed lunch to eat. The forest is also home to lots of birdlife, and if you're lucky, you might even see a lyrebird! Towards the end of the walk, before the track descends back down to the Little Morwell River, there is a short turn off to Tree-fern Gully Lookout. This is yet another picturesque spot to sit and contemplate the lovely forest.

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Look for signs for interesting side trails


It's obvious that this walk is treasured and cared for by the local community. The details are everywhere, from the gorgeous carved wooden signs to the numerous well-placed seats and picnic tables, and the many dedications to these passionate locals. According to the information board in the carpark, the walk was closed in 2002 due to safety concerns but was reopened in 2003 because of the hard work of the local community to rehabilitate the walk.

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Picnic under the trees


The entrance to the walk is clearly signposted from the main highway between Mirboo North and Thorpdale (the Strzelecki Hwy), where there is a short unsealed driveway leading to the carpark. There are no toilet or rubbish facilities, so remember to take any rubbish home with you when you leave.

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Information in the carparking area

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Why? A lovely walk through the forests of South Gippsland
When: Any time
Phone: 131963 (Parks Victoria)
Where: Mirboo North
Cost: Free
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