Fern Gully Walk is a gentle but stunning walk on a well-maintained trail through - you guessed it - a fern gully. 🙂
The walk starts a little way down the road heading into the West Barwon Reservoir. Look out for a sign "Fern Gully Walk" on the right, directing you to the start of the trail on the left. The sign is approximately near this location:
The walk meanders up and down, and along the side of a small creek which can be heard bubbling happily after some rain. The height of some of the gum trees and tree ferns is breathtaking, while the lush undergrowth is home to ferns, moss and fungi. Take some time to listen to the creek, or stay still and you will notice tiny birds flitting through the undergrowth.
The trail eventually spills out to join up with the Forrest Loop walk (trail 1) which will take you along the river and back into town.
If you want to walk it as a loop, we suggest you start in town at the Forrest Mountain Bike Trailhead, and walk straight along Track 4 till you reach the turn off to the right for the singletrack mountain bike trail. Instead of taking that, continue to the left and cross the road (carefully) to walk onto the road going into the West Barwon Reservoir. This loop should take you around an hour at a comfortable pace.