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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.