In this post, I am going to share with you one of my favourite walking trails I’ve done in Victoria, Australia so far. As aforementioned in my last blog post, I recommend doing this trail in conjunction with the Kalatha Giant Tree Walk. Depending on how fast you walk you can complete both in less than two hours (including driving between the trails – they are 7.6km apart and it should take less than 15 minutes to drive from one to the other).
If you are after more of a challenge there are also two other more challenging trails (Tanglefoot Loop and Myrtle Gully Circuit) that begin in the same carpark as the Wirrawilla Rainforest Walk.
THE IMPORTANT DETAILS
Where: The walking trail begins at the Wirrawilla Carpark on Sylvia Creek Road.
Length & Time: 1km return which should take 45 minutes or less.
Difficulty/Experience Level: Easy. No experience is required.
Terrain: Most of the walk is on a boardwalk and the sections that are not boardwalk are well formed. You do not require special footwear for this track, running shoes are suitable.
- I advise that you to wear an additional layer or more fuller coverage clothes than you would normally wear for whatever weather it is on the day. I wore shorts as it was a hot day but inside the rainforest, I was a little bit cold because the temperature was a lot lower and the vegetation blocks a lot of the sunlight.
- There is a toilet near the carpark, I would recommend bringing your own toilet paper if you wish to use it.
- This was a fairly popular walking track but it was not overcrowded by any means.
This trail is perfect to do on a hot day to escape the heat as it is much cooler within the rainforest. I was astonished at the temperature difference when I finished the trail and exited the rainforest.
Rain filtered from the forest floor seeps into Sylvia Creek which joins Yea River. Yea River flows to Goulburn River which then connects to the Murray River which eventually meets the sea in South Australia! The water in this rainforest makes quite a journey!
In this rainforest, you constantly hear the sound of running water from the many streams as well as from the native birds. If you are lucky enough you might even come across a choir as I did – below is a short clip I filmed after I walked past the choir.
I really enjoyed this experience completely and I found the rainforest to be incredibly enchanting. As it is a very easy walk it really gives you the opportunity to relax and take in your surroundings.
I took advantage of the many sources of water to practice slow shutter speed photography which was a lot of fun especially when I started to get the results I had been trying to achieve.
This region of Victoria is also platypus territory and they thrive in these pristine conditions. Platypuses are known to relax on the rocks of creeks in warm weather so I was trying very hard to spot a platypus whilst taking these water shots. Unfortunately, I didn’t see one :(.
I strongly recommend doing this walk – as I mentioned earlier, this is one my most favourite walks that I have done in Victoria so far.
It is an absolute feast for your senses – with the beautiful sights of mossy trees, the many ferns, the fresh rainforest scent and the sounds of the streams/creeks running.
I hope you enjoyed this post!