Walks from Cypress Drive
Parking spot: drive along Cypress Drive to where it crosses the Coliban Main Channel and enters the forest. Continue for about 100 metres to the start of Salt Water Track. At this point there is a place to park one or two cars.
Salt Water Circuit (one hour)
Walk south along Salt Water Track for about 2.5 km until the start of No Name Track. At this point turn sharp left into the start of a section of the Main Channel Track. Follow the Channel Track for about 2.5 km to where it meets Cypress Drive. Exit onto Cypress Drive turn left and return to car. This is a relatively gentle walk with some minor uphill and downhill sections on Salt Water Track while the Channel Track is almost completely flat.
Timmins Track (2 hours)
From the parking spot walk north for about a kilometre along Cypress Drive/Salt Water Track towards Elphinstone (both names are used for this forest section of the road between Taradale and Elphinstone). Pass the start of Bones Gully track and continue on to the start of Timmins Track, at the edge of cleared land. Turn into Timmins Track and follow it for about 3 km to the main ridge. There is one very steep section. Near the top the track forks. Either fork leads to the main ridge. In wildflower season it’s worth taking the right hand fork as the top track (Tunnel Hill Track) is rich in flowering plants. Turn left (south) and follow Tunnel Hill Track to Fryers Ridge Track. Continue around a sharp left hand bend to the top end of Conns Track. Turn into Conns Track and descend as far as the top of Bones Gully Track. Here there are two options:
- Turn into Bones Gully and descend steadily to Cypress Drive. (1.5 to 2 hours) Turn right and return to car. Note: The lower section of the creek in Bones Gully contains several ingenious constructions designed to prevent further eroding of the gully, built by the land manager of the time (DNRE/DSE). Most of these were successful until the La Nina event of 2011/2012 when all but one were overwhelmed by flood waters, with catastrophic erosion around the structures. Worth a look.
- Continue along Conns Track to No Name Track (2 to 2.5 hours). Turn down No Name Track continuing to the end, where it joins Salt Water Track. There are two options for returning to your starting point: either turn left into Salt Water Track and continue to the end where the parking spot is located, or go straight ahead to the Main Channel Track. Follow this track to the junction with Cypress Drive. Turn left and return to the parking spot.