Avid trail runner, freelance writer and a mother of four with a healthy obsession for the great outdoors. Join me in my discoveries along the Mornington Peninsula and further afield by subscribing to my articles.
I have passed the entrance to the Main Ridge Flora Reserve so many times but have never been in, nor given it much thought to be honest. Though when I drove past it today, I thought I must have a look.
I have tried to find more Information on the Main Ridge Flora Reserve on the internet, however it seems there is nothing on it, not even the National Parks website (which is maintained by them). This place really is a secret, unless you live near it you have probably never heard of it, let alone been there.
It's a shame that it isn't included on any walk guides or websites, people are missing out not knowing it's there. The walking track is only short, I would say roughly 2.3km going of the Melway .
The walk is gorgeous and a great length for little legs, especially for an unplanned walk to stretch the legs after touring the Mornington Peninsula.
Surprisingly, the walk actually starts on an old bitumen road which I suspect would have been the Mornington-Flinders road before they straightened it. Now covered in moss except for wheel tracks through it, this is where the walking track, proper, begins and descends into the valley.
Once away from the old road the bird life is amazing.There are little Fairy Wrens everywhere, making beautiful noises, also Spotted Pardalotes (pictured) whilst butterflies are fluttering through the grasses. The smell of the damp woodlands is a scent I would love to bottle and keep forever. It's a forest scent with a mixture of grasses, gum leaves, and other native trees mixed together on a damp day.
The walk is exactly how I would imagine a fairies garden to be like. It has a story book likeness to it with mushrooms and toadstools, ferns, butterflies and birds, making the walk magical for children. It would be a great place to have wooden sculptors (like William Rickett's Sanctuary in the Dandenong Ranges) of fairies and giant toad stools to make it a really memorable walk.
I also think this track would be a great training loop for cross country running, as you could leave your water bottle at the start and do several laps. If you are more serious, you could do timed laps on this track that descends into the valley and ascends back to the start.
Total climbing height 50 meters. Approximately 80 meters above sea level.
So get out there and enjoy Main Ridge Flora Reserve!