Walking will help you stay active in retirement, and if you live in Traralgon, or are visiting the area, you’ll find walking tracks suited to all fitness levels and abilities. From parkland to ancient forests, the scenery is spectacular – and walking is the ideal way to experience it.
Whether you feel like a leisurely stroll, or a hike that’s a bit more challenging, we’ve hand-picked three of the best walks for over 55s in the region. So, grab your walking shoes, pack a picnic and head out on a walk today!
Traralgon Railway Reservoir Conservation Reserve, Traralgon
Only a five-minute drive from Traralgon’s town centre, the 29.5 hectare Traralgon Railway Reservoir Conservation Reserve is a favourite amongst locals. The reserve is made up of woodlands, grasslands and wetlands, and features a picturesque lake. There’s approximately three kilometres of walking tracks to explore throughout the reserve, and the main track is a circuit around the lake. The lake circuit is flat, and made up of gravel and boardwalk sections, and is perfect for a relaxing afternoon stroll or your regular morning walk.
The resident wildlife includes plenty of ducks and you’ll also spot native plants throughout the reserve, including an abundance of wildflowers in spring and summer. There are seats along the way to stop for a rest and you can read up on the history and flora and fauna at the information shelter. There’s a picnic table and seating, however, at the time of writing, there are no toilets available and access is limited for those with a disability.
- Location: Hickox Street, Traralgon
- Distance: Main track, 0.85 km circuit
- Duration: Main track, 15 minutes
- Start: Near the information board in the carpark
- Grade: Easy
Corrigan Suspension Bridge, Tarra-Bulga National Park
With giant mountain ash trees, ancient myrtle beeches and gorgeous fern gullies, the Tarra-Bulga National Park is a popular place for walkers. The national park features some of the best examples of the original cool temperate rainforest of the Strzelecki Ranges and offers visitors some breathtaking scenery.
There are lots of tracks throughout the national park, but the Corrigan Suspension Bridge walk is a definite highlight. Starting from the Visitor Centre car park, follow the signs along the Lyrebird Ridge, Ash and Wills tracks through the forest, keeping an eye out for wildlife and birds as you go. When you arrive at the bridge, you can walk amongst the rainforest canopy and experience breathtaking views through the lush gully to the rainforest floor below, so be sure to take your camera. You can then either head back along the same track to the Visitor Centre to enjoy some lunch at the picnic grounds, or if you’re feeling energetic, head off on one of the other short walks in the area.
- Location: Tarra-Bulga National Park, South Gippsland
- Distance: 1.2km one-way
- Duration: 25 minutes
- Start: Tarra-Bulga Visitor Centre carpark
- Grade: Easy
Stringybark Ridge Track, Morwell National Park
Located in the foothills of the Strzelecki Ranges, Morwell National Park may be small in size but it plays an important role in protecting some of the areas remnant plant and animal life. Located 16km south of Morwell, you’ll find a number of great walks within the park, including the Stringybark Ridge Track.
Starting from the Kerry Road Picnic Area, the walk will take you between 1.5 – 2 hours. Along the way you’ll see a forest dominated by stringybarks, and may encounter koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, or some of the 100 plus species of birds that have been identified in the park. There are bench seats located along the track, giving you plenty of opportunities to stop, catch your breath and admire the surrounds.
- Location: Morwell National Park, Kerry Road, Jeeralang Junction
- Distance: 4 km loop
- Duration: 90 minutes
- Start: Kerry Road Picnic Area
- Grade: Intermediate
Central Gippsland is home to many great walks that are suitable for seniors. So, get out and find a favourite spot for a daily walk, and discover some hidden gems for the days when you feel like a longer trek.
Over to You
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