Beware of the Bunyip, a dark furry animal with a round face, small ears and fiery eyes that glow in the dark!
According to the Aboriginal people, the Bunyip or “Buneep” (as spelt on early maps which show the river, first cattle run and township) is a spirit that punishes bad people.
Local Aboriginal people believed the Bunyip lived in the swamps of the Bunyip River, and therefore avoided the area. Many early settlers, believing this story, never pitched their tents near a ‘Bunyip hole’. People were also careful not to make ripples when collecting water. This upset the Bunyip.
Come along and visit this magical place located on Melbourne’s doorstep. You will discover natural delights, and discover a mysterious side of Aussie folklore.
Grade 3 walk
Distance: 14 kms
A steep climb then descent back down in the middle. Mainly open forest tracks with some walking trails.
Mortimer Picnic Ground, Burgess Road Near intersection of Nichols Hut Track
Gembrook, VIC 3783 Australia