The Mortimer Nature Walk follows the course of William Wallace and Diamond Creek and provides an introduction to the plants of Bunyip State Park. The trail takes you through Damp Sclerophyll Forest, Swampy Riparian Forest, and Healthy Woodland communities. Generous parking is available in the area as several hiking trails start from Mortimer Picnic Ground.
This is a very short 1.2km, 45 minute easy hiking trail, also suitable for walkers. The track is mainly single track sandy/muddy trails with some quaint wooden walkways between.
Mortimer Picnic Ground:
Explore and discover remnants of an old log tramway or depressions in the ground from sawdust pits. Mortimer Picnic Ground was the site of one of the earliest saw mills in the Gembrook area, operating from 1898 to 1903. George, John, and David Mortimer established their mill at the confluence of the Diamond and William Wallace creeks. Sawn timber was taken 13km south to Nar Nar Goon to be transported to Melbourne on the main Gippsland railway line. In the first couple of years this was by horse and bullock wagons, later by narrow gauge railway.
- Starting Point: Mortimer Picnic Ground off Gembrook-Tonimbuk Road near Gembrook.
- Difficulty: Easy
- Distance: 1.2km
- Trail Type: Loop Hike
- Elevation Gain: 25m
- Elevation Loss: 25m
- Minimum Elevation: 140m
- Maximum Elevation: 170m
- Time to Complete: 30-45 mins
- Ending Point: Mortimer Picnic Ground off Gembrook-Tonimbuk Road near Gembrook.
Detailed Hiking Trail Guide:
When you first turn into Mortimer Picnic Ground, this hiking trail is located on the left hand side park area (the description sign is on the other side).
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Last modified: October 4, 2017