This walk takes you through a dry mixed-species forest before crossing over a wetland of boardwalks and steel bridges. With Mount Gordon as the backdrop, this trail descends into the Wilks Creek Valley, crossing Wilks Creek twice and offering a mixed species forest, with boardwalks and steel bridges on which to walk. There are wallabies and different bird species here, but you'll need to be quiet!
DIRECTIONS: This walk begins in a suburban street. There's space to park a car, but not an official car park. The walk is signposted and the first stretch runs parallel with a street of neighbourhood homes.
AMENITIES: There are no public facilities located at this trail.
Please check Parks Victoria website for the latest track updates and alerts for the Yarra Ranges National Park where this walk is located.
This trail begins by walking in the direction of Mt Gordon, with a street of houses on the right and Murchison Street above on the left.
Gilberts Gully is home to many lyrebirds. Look for footprint etchings in the red earth. If you listen you might just hear their distinctive call.
The first of two crossing at Wilks Creek, which was named after the engineer Clement Wilks who designed bridges and culverts in the 1860s that opened up access to the Woods Point Goldfields.
As you walk, be mindful of what's beneath your feet. A pile of dry leafs can often be a home to another organism, in this case, a bright yellow fungi.
The trail continues up a small sloping hill, with tall manna gums pointing skyward and a thickening blanket of tree ferns covering the ground below.
This end of Wilks Creek is more vibrant and fast-flowing. The water is deeper and it seems more likely that other species might call this spot home.
If you're lucky, you might spot some of Australia's native birds, like this beautiful Crimson Rosella, which paused just long enough for a photograph at the end of the trail.