Location: 3.2.kilometres north of Mirboo North on the Strezlecki Highway
Distance: 4.8 kilometre walk or shorter 3km route
Facilities: Picnic tables at car park and Little Morwell River walk
Wheelchair Access: 700m of river walk
The Lyrebird Forest Walk is an easy one and a half hour bushwalk through native forests, typical of the South Gippsland region.
Signs on the main highway indicate the entrance to the car park and picnic area where the walking track begins and ends. Initially the track follows the Little Morwell River for one kilometre through characteristic gully vegetation of tall eucalypts, tree ferns, with a thick understorey of scrub and ferns.
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Emerging adjacent to open farmland, there is an opportunity to picnic near the river, before crossing the bridge then following the path alongside the edge of the forest.
The forest is generally more open on the upper slopes and it can be recognised that the trees are smaller and of a different species to those in the gullies. Halfway up the hill a secondary link track to Coral Fern Gully will take the bushwalker back to the car park by a shorter 3 km route. Also at this point the Warriors Walk commences, which follows the contours up the hill, before joining the Rickardo's Road access road directing walkers back towards the car park.
Seating has been placed along the tracks to allow walkers to take time to enjoy this outstanding facility.
The Superb Lyrebird is often seen in patches of dense scrub along the track. Fully grown it is about the size of a large chicken. The male has a set of ornate tail feathers which it spreads in display when performing on its mound in the forest. Early settlers likened the shape of these feathers to that of the lyre, an ancient stringed instrument.
The Lyrebird is noted for its ability to imitate the calls of other birds, and can also reproduce the sound of car horns, chain saws and other man-made noises. A female Lyrebird produces one egg per year and she is the only one to care for the chick. Lyrebird numbers have been reduced by land clearing and predators but still thrive in the scattered areas of native forestaround Mirboo North.
Other birds commonly sighted include: White-throated Treecreeper, Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo, Scarlet and Eastern Yellow Robin, Brown Thornbill, Grey Shrike-Thrush, Laughing Kookaburra and the Crimson . Rosella
Trees and conspicuous plants along the Lyrebird Forest Walk include: Mountain Grey Gum, Brown Stringybark, Messmate Stringybark, Silvertop, Yertchuk, Blackwood, Saw Banksia, Common Heath, Soft Tree-fern and Austral King-fern.
Some of the native animals to be seen are the Wombat, Koala, Black Wallaby, Short Nosed and Long Nosed Bandicoots, Swamp Rat, Greater Glider, Feathertail and Ringtail Possums, Echidna, Platypus and little Brown Rat. Most of these are nocturnal in habit.
The country around Mirboo North was thrown open for settlement in the 1880's. The soils in the area in which the walk is located were generally not rich enough to support agricultureand as a result the land was left under forest for the production of timber. A small sawmill was located where the car park is now.
Evidence of early logging activities can still be seen in the series of deep notches on many ofthe taller stumps. The notches allowed boards to be jammed into the trees.
These crude steps enabled the loggers to cut through the trunk above the buttresses (the swelling roots) at the base of the tree, using the axe and the crosscut saw.
If you like to become a Friend of Lyrebird walk
Friends of Lyrebird Forest Walk Inc,
PO Box 55,
Mirboo North. Vic 3871