|This small unique area of remnant forest in the northern foothills of the Strzelecki Ranges is best known as a habitat for over 40 species of native orchids. Ideal for a picnic lunch, a short stroll or a full day bushwalk. Wildlife is plentiful in the park with wallabies, wombats, possums, kangaroos and koalas sighted frequently.
The best was to enjoy Morwell National Park is to walk through it. Fosters Gully Nature Walk provides an excellent introduction to the park.
Facilities include picnic area, toilets, water, wood BBQ and tables.
Things to Do
Kerry Road Picnic Area - Kerry Road Picnic Area is an ideal place to have a peaceful picnic in a quiet bushland setting. Fine views across the Latrobe Valley can be seen from the Jumbuk Road south of the Junction Road turnoff. The Fosters Gully Nature Walk also starts from the picnic area. Picnic tables, gas barbeque, toilets and information are provided.
Billys Creek Area - The Billys Creek area is one of great natural beauty with high scenic values and relics of past land uses. Areas of remnant Strzelecki Ranges vegetation can be seen, along with previously degraded areas which have been rehabilitated. Over 30,000 trees have been planted on the creek flats between Junction Road and the Billys Creek weir. Recreational activities include picnicking, bird watching, nature study and bushwalking.
Fosters Gully Nature Walk - Take a journey of discovery along the Fosters Gully Nature Walk where the forests and undergrowth provide food and shelter for many species of birds and animals. If you are quiet you may be able to see and hear many of the species of wildlife that live in the park. The walk commences at the Kerry Road picnic area and is approximately 2.3 km long and takes about an hour at an easy walking pace.
Billys Creek Track – 1.5 km
From Junction Road Car park to But But Track.
A pleasant walk along the creek flats beside Billys Creek, passing through areas which have been revegetated over the past 20 years. Some excellent remnant vegetation can also be seen along the creek banks, including Manna Gum, Blue Gum, Swamp Gum and the vulnerable Strzelecki Gum.
Weir Track – 800 m
From But But Track to Billys Creek Weir
The track crosses several footbridges over the creek and passes through some superb stands of Manna Gum before arriving at the old weir. The
weir was built in 1914 and once supplied water to Morwell via a wooden pipeline. An easy walk suitable for the whole family.
Lodge Track – 2 km
From Billys Creek Weir to Morans Road
This track climbs steeply up a ridge through a variety of forest types containing Blue Gum,
Mountain Grey Gum, Messmate and Apple Box (But But). A strenuous walk, but the views from the higher areas of the park make it worthwhile.
Clematis Track – 1.2 km
From Billys Creek to Lodge Track
Climbing through a damper forest type which contains Blackwoods and Musk-daisy bush, this
track joins Lodge Track half way up on its climb to Morans Road, but is not quite as steep. Clematis and Wonga Vine can be seen flowering profusely all along this track in early spring.
Blue Gum Hill Track – 3 km
From Billys Creek Weir to Blue Gum Hill and return
Blue Gum Hill Track starts a short distance along Lodge Track, and then follows a small creek for 500m before beginning the climb up Blue Gum Hill. On the way to the top, the track passes through disturbed areas, which were once cleared for grazing, as well as some fine stands of Blue Gums. After climbing for 1.2 kilometres, the summit is reached and, although there is no formal lookout, the views from this area are spectacular. Looking out over Billys Creek and the surrounding steep hills, the Latrobe Valley can be seen in the distance.
Return via the same route or take the track to the West, which follows a steep spur down to Billys Creek and back to the weir. Care must be taken as this track is extremely steep.
Zig Zag Track – 1.2 km
From Weir Track to Jumbuck Road
An alternative route into the weir area from Jumbuck Road.
How to get there - The park is situated 16km south of Morwell and is reached via Churchill or Yinnar.