The Moonlight Creek picnic area provides a good base from which to explore the Mt Worth State Park . There are a number of walks available to people of all levels of experience.
Commencing at Moonlight Creek picnic area, this Mt Worth Gardiners Mill Circuit hike extends beyond The Giant Circuit and takes you through regenerating Mountain Ash forest and along the tree fern lined Clark Creek.
OPTIONAL WALK – Maslins Mill 800 metres One-way, 40 minutes return
Commencing at the far end of the Moonlight Creek picnic area this track meanders through forest of Mountain Ash and Blackwood to Maslins’s Mill site. Suitable for people with limited mobility.
The Mt Worth State Park protects some 1000 hectares of natural forest in the Western Strzelecki Ranges. It provides an opportunity to view the forest that once covered Gippsland. Before the arrival of European settlers, most of the area was covered with tall, wet forest of mountain ash, manna gum, blue gum and mountain grey gum with an understorey of blackwood, silver wattle, sassafras and dense fern filled gullies. The park is also rich in bird and animal life; lyrebirds are common in gullies and crimson rosellas and grey butcher birds too. Wallabies, wombats and echidnas may also be seen.
From Melbourne follow Princes Hwy south-east for 112kms to Darnum. This is a small town 7km east of Warragul. Turn right and follow the Darnum-Allambee Road south, following the ‘Mt Worth State Park’ signs for 12kms along narrow country lanes up into the Strzelecki Ranges. Turn left at the junction with McDonalds Track, continue 1km then bear right along Allambee Estate Road to Mt Worth State Park. Moonlight Creek Picnic Area lies beyond a gate on the right immediately after the sharp hairpin bend across Moonlight Creek.
What to Take
Please pack enough food and water, and wear appropriate footwear. Additional information on how to prepare for a day hike can be found here:
Best Season to go
Spring, Summer and autumn
Max elevation: 359 m
Min elevation: 318 m
Total climbing: 84 m
Total descent: -84 m