There’s something delightful about having to follow one rule: go through the green gates and follow the orange arrows. As you go, expect to have your view of the valley presented in multiple versions.
Heading north on the Tyers-Walhalla Rd for 2.5km, do yourself a favour and pull into the wayside park at the Tyers Lookout. Check out the excellent interpretive signage that locates you on a 360 degrees topographical map installation. It’s a brilliant overview of where you sit in the landscape. This is the Lookout tourist buses pull into because it is reputed to have one of the best views of the Latrobe Valley on offer.
From there, you’re only 400 metres from the turn-off to the Tyers Walking Track at which you take a left into Old Boola Rd then immediately take another left that leads you to a farm fence. Look for the sign that gives you details of the walk. You open (& close) the green gate and you’re off on an easy 4km return walk. Along the way, you’ll travel through woodlands and grasslands, passing pine forests, farms and even an olive grove, all the time finding yourself stopping to take in the next view of a fascinating mix of farming, coal country, forests, grasslands and the properties of Tyers residents. A few cows are likely to lift their heads to have a good look at you as you pass by.
One thing to be careful of at the bottom of the walking track is a single wire electric fence, which you don’t want to make contact with! The track then leads back up the hill if you leave your car at the start of the walk, or alternatively you can walk to Tyers (if you’ve arranged a car shuffle to meet you in town).
If you have some spare time, consider visiting Peterson’s Lookout which is just up the road. It’s a spectacular place from which to look down into the Tyers Gorge where the Tyers River winds its way through steep forested slopes. Not far to your north-west is the Moondarra Dam, the main water supply to the Latrobe Valley; to the south, you get some great views of the Latrobe Valley.
This walk has been created by a partnership between the Tyers & District Community Association and the Latrobe City Council.
The Park Tracks project is an initiative of the Latrobe City Council, which acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Gunaikurnai nation. Through their cultural traditions, the Gunaikurnai identifies this area as part of their Traditional Country.
You’ll need to familiarise yourself with the rules: only walk through the green gates (& close them) then follow the orange arrows.
You could get lost at some points during this walk if you stray off the track in the grass sections (and end up in the middle of a paddock). Arrows are helpfully spotted along the fence lines.
Just one of many agricultural pursuits that populate the agricultural profile of this region, olives are on the menu.
There are numerous views of the Latrobe Valley on this walk, from all sorts of perspectives.
As you wander through the paddocks, you come across forests of pines, grasslands, the coal country and the mountains beyond.
There’s something special about this track, as you find yourself coming close to farmhouses while at the same time finding yourself in the middle of a vast view.
There are tracts of this walk that take you through mowed paddocks, mostly along the fence line but then cutting through paddocks, forests and nearby farms. It feels good to take this stroll.
Once you’ve done this walk, you may wonder how Tyers got its name. Interpretative signage will give you the answers you’re looking for.