Three easy going walks are available in this part of the forest. They are suitable for all ages and levels of fitness. All start at Herdman’s Avenue Gate opposite the car park on Jollies Pass Road.
Forest Amble – 30 minutes, easy walk
Follow the Forest Walk through some of the oldest stands in the Hanmer Basin. At the first junction turn left to meander through European larch planted in 1904. A feature of this section is the understorey of ivy. A further left turn leads the track through 1978 plantings of Ponderosa pine to return to the car park.
Forest Walk – 1 hour, easy walk
A pleasant circuit which threads its way through some of the oldest stands in the Hanmer Basin with a variety of exotic conifers and broadleaf species. Included is European larch which is one of the few deciduous conifer species in the world. Other species are Corsican pine, European alder, Austrian pine and Norway spruce – all planted in the early 1900s. Understoreys of sycamore, oak silver birch and rowan provide a colourful display in autumn. Also of interest are wild fungi in autumn and native orchids in late spring.
Forest Journey - 1¼ hours – moderate walk
Follow the first half of the Forest Walk to Mansfield Road. The walk then meanders through Macrocarpa planted in 1927 before emerging back onto Mansfield Road. A left turn leads into Dawson’s Drive which has trail plantings of cedar, cypress and redwood trees. The forest journey then passes through 1904 plantings of Ponderosa pine and larch before finally following the forest edge back to the carpark.
This information is part of the Hanmer Springs Walks brochure available from the Hanmer Springs i-SITE Visitor Centre, Amuri Ave, Hanmer Springs. It’s a good idea to pick up one as it includes a map and information on longer walks and tracks that you can enjoy.
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