Walks from the end of Fryerstown Road
Parking spot: enter the forest and immediately turn left onto Salt Water Track. A turning circle around a handsome young yellow box tree provides parking for several vehicles.
Rilens circuit (1 hour)
Starting at the Main Channel, the route follows the Old Coach Road, first up a steep hill then levelling out. After about 1.5 km look for the start of Webbs Track on the left and follow this track for a few hundred metres to meet Rilens Track on the left. Follow Rilens Track to its end, where it meets Salt Water Track. Turn left and follow this track to starting point.
No Name circuit ( 1 hour)
At the Main Channel turn right into Salt Water Track. The track rises then drops steeply to cross north Kangaroo Creek. Turn left onto No Name Track* and follow this track, climbing gently then more steeply until it meets Conns Track. Turn left and follow Conns Track until it meets the Old Coach Road. Turn left and return to starting point on this road.
*in the 1990s the Department of Environment etc (then DNRE) installed name posts for all forest tracks, taking advice from local woodsman Bob Maltby who knew the tracks according to which wood collector had had rights to cut wood in that area of forest in earlier days. The story goes that Bob had no name for this track, hence its name.
Conns circuit ( 2+ hours)
Starting at the Main Channel, the route follows the Old Coach Road, first up a steep hill then levelling out. Look for Conns Track on the right. This track takes the traveller as far as the main ridge of the forest, crossing north Kangaroo Creek then climbing in a series of steep sections with gentle slopes in between. (The top section forms the top boundary of a DELWP controlled burn in the autumn of 2018.) At the end of Conns Track turn left into the Fryers Ridge road. This road runs south along the length of the main ridge of the forest, eventually exiting onto the Doxa Road (turn left for the Malmsbury-Daylesford Road)
A few hundred metres south along Fryers Ridge Road there is a road on the left. This is the top of the Old Coach Road. On the right the Ridge Road passes through a cutting which is a noted hotspot for wildflowers. Definitely worth a visit. There are several options for the return journey:
- Return via Old Coach Road (2 hours)
- Continue through the cutting. The Old Coach Road continues down to Fryerstown on the right. Keep left, staying on the Ridge road for about 3 km. Views of Mt Macedon (left) and Mt Tarrengower in places through trees. At the bottom of a long descent in sweeping curves, turn left onto Antonios Track. After 100 metres or so, turn left onto Bradleys Track. Follow this track steeply uphill then steadily down all the way to the Old Coach Road, where a right turn takes the traveller back to the end of Fryestown Road (2.5-3 hours)
- As for option 2 but instead of taking Antonios Track off the Ridge Road, keep on this road for another few kilometres to the head of Dearden Creek Track. Turn left into this track and descend steadily for about 3 km, past the south end of Antonios Track and a private entrance until a cross road is reached. Turn left into Salt Water Track and follow this track for about 4 km to the end of Fryerstown Road (4 – 4.5 hours)