Nyerimilang Heritage Park cliff top and homestead circuit

Nyerimilang Homestead car park, Nyerimilang Road

Nyerimilang Heritage Park cliff top and homestead circuit

Nyerimilang Homestead car park, Nyerimilang Road

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1 h 20 m
4.85 km
Easy

This scenic 5km loop walk begins at the heritage Nyerimilang Homestead, meandering along bush and heritage farm tracks, past wetland areas with views over Reeve's Channel and Bass Strait.

Nyerimilang Heritage Park cliff top and homestead circuit

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This scenic 5km loop walk begins at the heritage Nyerimilang Homestead, meandering along bush and heritage farm tracks, past wetland areas with views over Reeve's Channel and Bass Strait.

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Nyerimilang Heritage Park is located 10km from Lakes Entrance in East Gippsland. There are five formal bush walking tracks at Nyerimilang, and our route combines three of them to create a circuit; the Cliff Top track, then the Salt Marsh track and returning via the Homestead Track.

This scenic loop walk begins at the heritage Nyerimilang Homestead, meandering along bush and heritage farm tracks, past wetland areas with views over Rigby's Island and Bass Strait.

We did the walk early in the morning and it was extremely peaceful, and we got a wonderful view of Pelicans and other species from the bird hides at the walk's halfway point. Pack some binoculars if you are really keen!

Please note entry is by donation. The homestead, gift shop and information centre are open when “Friends of Nyerimilang” have volunteers available.

DOGS are only permitted within the boundaries of the homestead (on-lead only). They are NOT permitted on this walk, which mostly goes beyond these boundaries.

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Points of Interest

1. Entry by donation

While there is no cost to enter, Friends of Nyerimilang encourage a $5 donation to assist their efforts (and Parks Victoria) to maintain the heritage park and buildings.

2. Into the grounds

There are lots of lovely spots to sit and enjoy the tranquility. You will find some toilets just to the south west of this point.

3. The Homestead

You'll pass by the grand homestead and its rose garden on your way to the tracks, but perhaps hit the trails before they get busy.

4. Follow sign to lookout

Take a right toward the lookout over Reeves Channel and enjoy the view once there.

5. Lookout (and map of walk tracks)

You'll get a great view from this spot and here is a map of the park's five main walking tracks to help orient yourself. See the link for more information about the tracks.

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6. Cliff Top Track to farm buildings

You'll skirt the water as you make your way along a lovely track in the homestead grounds to arrive at the farm cottage and buildings.

7. Leaving the homestead

Soon after the farm buildings you'll see this sign marking the end of the Homestead grounds. Dogs are not permitted beyond this point, even on-lead.

8. Kurrajong Track junction

For a shorter walk you could turn left here, but we forged ahead!

9. Remnant bush environment

You'll find as you near the bend that the track becomes less muddy and more sandy. We thought this was a beautiful part of the walk.

10. Crossroads

At this point you can either take a short detour down to a bird hide, or turn right to take a longer offshoot to waterside Reeve Channel, or continue along the main track. We did all three!

11. Bird Hide #1

This is a great peaceful little spot to check out Pelicans and other species. We saw more birds at this hide, but the #2 hide is in better nick.

12. Track to Reeve Channel

We decided to check out this optional sidetrack to Reeve Channel. It's an extra 300 metres each way.

13. Picnic Area by the water

A solitary little clearing, with some nice views over the water and a small jetty.

14. Bird Hide #2

What will you see from this little hide off the Salt Marsh Track? Be still and quiet and pick the right time of day. Did you pack any binoculars?

15. Overgrown track back to Homestead

Begin heading inland. A little further along you'll see the other end of the Kurrajong Track and some way further a track off to the right (Whistling Kite Track) if you wish to explore further.

16. Remnants of the farm

You pass through a farm gate then keep heading straight. Pass Botanic Drive (you can explore some wetlands and nice plantings in here) to arrive here by the old stock pen.

17. View from the homestead

The homestead was not open on our early morning visit but got a lovely view from the deep balcony and had a peek through the windows. For more information about its history see the link.

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Features

Playground Playground
Picnic Spot Picnic Spot
Seating Available Seating Available
Public toilets Public toilets
Historical Interest Historical Interest
Local Treasures Local Treasures
Nature trail Nature trail
Lake, creek, river Lake, creek, river
Park / Garden Park / Garden