Glen Nayook Reserve is a delightful fern gully on the east branch of the Tarago River. A truly magical, natural experience, Glen Nayook Reserve is a remnant of a mountain ash rainforest. The Walking track follows the Tarago River to a fern gully where the river runs underground for 100 metres.
- Nearest Town: Neerim Junction
- Start/Finish: The entrance to the walk can be found at the end of Paynter Road
- Distance: 1.5km
- Time: About half an hour – but take your time, it’s a beautiful spot to enjoy a moment of peace
- Effort: Suitable for most ages and fitness levels
- Be prepared: Be sure to bring sturdy, comfortable shoes and water
- Accessibility: Some tracks have steep, short section, rough surface, and steps
- Pets: Dogs are welcome, just be sure to keep them on a lead/under control
Once you leave the M1 the road to Glen Nayook passes through the charming town of Rokeby, and is a great place to take in the views, and stop for a moment to stretch your legs. Continuing along the roads, feast your eyes on the incredible views of rolling green hills and the beautiful trees that line the roads, if you’re coming in Summer the sun peeking through the trees is magical.
As you approach Neerim South, the nearest town before you reach Paynters Road, you will be greeted with the Neerim Bowers. A major piece of public art which forms a 7-storey high sculptural gateway at the Southern entrance to the town.
In Baw Baw even the journey to some of our most popular spots are just as special as the destination.
The Glen Nayook Reserve is a 9-hectare area filled with lush fern gullies and has been a popular spot for visitors. As you follow the walking track along taking in the sights of moss-covered granite boulders and see where the river runs underground for 100 metres.
And if you’re lucky you may spot some native wildlife – there are a variety of birds that call Glen Nayook home. If you’re looking to see some wildlife dawn or dusk is your best chance.
Glen Nayook is a truly special place, filled with nature and a sense of mystery – it makes for a great afternoon out with family and friends, or the perfect place to find some peace solo.
Picnic tables are available so bring your lunch and enjoy it in the peace and serenity of Glen Nayook.
How to get here
Glen Nayook is located about an hour and a half from Melbourne, follow the M1 (and enjoy having no traffic lights once you leave the city) and turn off at the Drouin/Neerim South exit, follow the road along to Neerim Junction. You will pass through the town of Neerim South and a great place to stop for a meal or to refuel.
Continue along Main Neerim Road, and turn left onto Paynter Road, just before the Neerim Junction.
If you need a map we have you covered – https://goo.gl/maps/9iGtjut45NAEjqHv5
While you’re there be sure to check out
Head to the nearby town of Neerim South, your arrival in Neerim South is a magnificent one, with the Neerim Bower welcoming all visitors, and a preview into the rich arts and culture the town and surrounds have to offer. Hidden in the hills surrounding Neerim South (and a spectacular gallery in the town) you can enjoy the chance to meet some of the incredible artists, learn about their works and take a piece of Baw Baw home with you.
Whilst in town indulge your taste buds at the Neerim South Hotel, offering delicious and family-friendly meals or enjoy coffee and cake at one of the several cafés.
Neerim South is also the perfect place to base yourself as you explore some of Baw Baw’s most incredible natural experiences. From Neerim South the iconic Noojee Trestle Bridge is only a quick 15-minute drive or venture out to explore the majestic Toorongo Falls.
We also have plenty of accommodation options from nearby hotels or cosy B&B’s hidden in the rolling green hills of Baw Baw, the perfect excuse to turn a weekend into a week!
We love visitors here in Baw Baw so come and visit us today!