Jewell of the Wombat
Length: 8 km
Time: Allow two and a half to three and a half hours walking time.
Terrain: hilly, steep in places
Direction of travel:
Telstra: On hilltops only
This walk starts unassumingly with a moderate assent up Coglans Hill through recent forest regrowth.
The walk then tours through a majestic, mature grove of Messmate eucalypts with grasses and mid story plants completing the picture. Another surprise, is a stand of Mountain Ash trees. Not as big as their Gippsland cousins, but still a tall, elegant and rare feature for the Wombat forest.
The descent continues amongst dense semi rain forest zones. A particularly dreamy streamside resting point is waypointed on the GPS. Then begins the ascent. A steep and sustained walk will test the thighs but at the summit, a wonderful view with a surprise feature can be enjoyed.
The next track I call 'No Bikes Track'. On a 2km section of an old logging track., some one, it seems, has pushed over hundreds of skinny regrowth saplings along its length, making it impassable to motor bikes as well as 4WDs. It is a mysterious and colossal effort, performed by an unknown person. I find it amazing.
The walk levels out for a while through a pleasant young forest environment. The headwater of the Coliban River is an unassuming patch of green on your left.
The final section involves a very steep walk back up the other side of Coglans hill.
The air becomes noticeably crisper and the tree coverage and grasses become more park like. Soon you are at 860m above sea level and a panorama to the west enlarges to take in many of the Great Dividing Range Peaks and also Mt Macedon and the Cobaw ranges near Kyneton to the east. These are almost totally unknown views from a from a unique environment. Anywhere along the flat top of this hill is a great place to sit and relax. The afternoon sun casts some lovely shadows on the adjacent valleys.
After a short walk from the summit, you will be back at your starting point.