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Bunyip State Park (Tonimbuk)




In February 2009, 45 per cent of Bunyip State Park was burnt by wildfire. Despite this dramatic event this park is once again an amazing escape where you can breathe fresh air and enjoy native plants and animals.

See a mosiac of green from heathland on river plains to Mountain Ash forest covering steep slopes. Whatever recreational pursuit you enjoy, Bunyip State Park provides opportunities for all.

Things to do:
Walking.

Suggested short walks

1. Mortimer Nature Walk (1.2km, 45 minutes return, easy). A self-guided nature walk introducing the plants, animals and other features of William Wallace and Diamond Creeks.

2. Lawson Falls Walk (750m, 40 minutes one-way, easy). A short walk which takes you to the only waterfall within the park.

Longer walks

1. Buttongrass Nature Walk (3km, 1 hour return, easy). A walk through a wet heathland area starting at Guide Track. Along this self-guided walk you can see a variety of flora including hakeas, wattles, tea-trees, mistletoe, swamp bush pea and button grass. For more information see the Buttongrass Nature Walk park note.

How to get to this walk: From Gembrook, drive east along the Gembrook-Tonimbuk Road. After 11 km turn right onto Camp Road. After 200m you will reach a small car park at the gated Guide Track.

2. Lawson Falls Circuit (5km, 2 hours return, moderate). Start at Forest Road or Tea Tree Road in the east of the park.

3. Mortimer Circuit (9.5km, 4 hours return, moderate). Starting from Mortimer Picnic Ground follow the Mortimer Nature Walk and turn into Steege Road. Tree Fern Track with its tall shady trees, is the next path to follow which crosses Link Road and then joins into Nichols Hut Track. The last leg of your journey is along Silvertop Ridge Track and Ferres Track, and before you know it, you are back at Mortimer Picnic Ground.

4. Weatherhead Range Circuit (10km, 4 hours return, moderate). Start at Buttongrass Nature Walk and follow Camp Road. Turn left into Guides Track for the climb up the Weatherhead Range, then turn right into Luptons Track. Turn left into Avards Track and cross over Tynong North Road, heading west up Pooley Road. Take Sandpit Ridge Track through a heathy woodland community and head back to the start via Cannibal Creek Track, Camp Road and Buttongrass Nature Trail.

Mortimer Picnic Ground. There are toilets, picnic tables and fireplaces. Walks from here include:

Mortimer Nature Walk (1.2km, 45 minutes return, easy). A self-guided nature walk introducing the plants, animals and other features of William Wallace and Diamond Creeks.

Mortimer Circuit (9.5km, 4 hours return, moderate). Starting from Mortimer Picnic Ground follow the Mortimer Nature Walk and turn into Steege Road. Tree Fern Track with its tall shady trees, is the next path to follow which crosses Link Road and then joins into Nichols Hut Track. The last leg of your journey is along Silvertop Ridge Track and Ferres Track, and before you know it, you are back at Mortimer Picnic Ground.

Lawson Falls Picnic Ground. Toilets, picnic tables and fireplaces are provided. Walk to the only falls in the park, 40 minutes return.

Review:


We went on the 3 km Buttongrass Nature Walk which seems to be the best and most documented walk in the park. There is about three kilometres of gravel road to reach the start of this walk from Gembrook.

Make sure you use the Park Notes (see below) since each point of interest corresponds to a numbered post on the walk. In spring there are a lot of wildflowers on the walk and it is very pleasant. The track is well formed, although a little wet in places. There are a number of seats along the path to have a rest. The walk took about an hour and there are only gradual slopes.

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Address | Contact


Cnr Camp Road and Guide Track,  Tonimbuk 3815, Victoria, Australia. View Map Map opens in new browser window
Telephone: 
Map: X912 Ref: S5

Web Links


Link Bunyip State Park (Parks Victoria)

Link Bunyip State Park - Button-grass Nature Walk (PDF)

Link Bunyip State Park Map (PDF)

Link Button Grass Walk (Bunyip State Park) (Walking Maps)

Link Friends of Bunyip State Park on Facebook

Link The Best Family Activities in the Dandenong Ranges



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