Lyrebird Habitat, walk quietly…
This is another wonderful part of the Dandenong Ranges. Walk quietly at any time of the day and you may see a lyrebird. Evenings and early morning are best for spotting these lovely birds.
An unexpected surprise is in store for walkers, wonderful hand-made dragons’ nests are tucked away along the track, there to be found as you wander – we will not say exactly where… Enjoy the fun of the nests, but leave them undisturbed… Dragons, Dinosaurs…let your imagination run free…
- Distance: From about 900 metres return or longer if desired.
- Duration: 10 minutes to 1.5 hours or more…
- Parking: Grantulla Road.
- Toilets: None, unless diverting into Grants Picnic Ground. The Hardy Gully Trail which leads into Grants is an easy diversion from Neuman Track and is also an alternative starting point.
- No Dogs. Dog-friendly walks in the Dandenongs.
- Pram Friendly mostly, but can get muddy and the track narrows – see images.
- Get directions to Neuman’s Track Parking.
Lyrebird Walk & Neuman Road (track)
- From the car park on Grantulla Road, enter Neuman’s Road/Track or use the car park area at the entrance to Foden’s Track and walk down Foden’s to join Neuman’s (see the map).
- A short distance in walkers will be rewarded with a surprise. Made by locals, giant ‘bird’s nests’ have been created and are a delight. Leave the area as it is found please and do not disturb.
- To make this a short circuit walk: If starting at the beginning of Neuman’s – walk up Foden’s Track to the road and turn left back to the car or do the reverse if you have started at the top of Foden’s Track.
- Otherwise: Continue down Neuman’s, staying on the track and passing through a gate into a sensitive Lyrebird habit.
- Keep on Neuman’s, watching and listening for Lyrebirds, wallabies, echidnas etc. The track dips down through tree ferns and the joins Lyrebird Walk.
- At the junction of the tracks, it is not far to Grants Picnic Ground, toilets and cafe if you head left or continue the circuit walk following the Lyrebird Walk track off to the right.
- Lyrebird Walk comes out near Grantulla Road, pass through the gate and turn right onto Halls Track.
- The track narrows and runs alongside Grantulla Road. There is just one more fork in the track, both options return to the car parking area and are about the same distance.
- The walk, as with many if not all, the walks in the Dandenong Ranges, can be lengthened. Tracks intercept and hikers can spend all day wandering the hills. It is possible to head to Grants Picnic area, carefully cross the road and join a track to Sherbrooke Falls and beyond. The 100 Thousand Steps could even be included or a hike to Mt Dandenong…
- Look at the map at the end of the page, download the map app.… and go rambling where ever you desire!