There’s a little walking track that extends between the charming town of Sassafras (read more about that here) and Kallista. The Sassafras Creek Walking Track winds its way through a gully under a dense canopy of ferns and eucalyptus trees; the quintessential landscape of the Dandenong Ranges. If you like, the track continues all the way to the township of Monbulk but we didn’t walk that far.
I set out on the Sassafras Creek Walking Track after lunch with my partner and two of our close friends. My partner and I used to walk this track regularly when we lived closer but we hadn’t done it in a couple of years.
The track was a lot slipperier than I remembered, but then I’d only ever walked it in the Summer. Although it was a nice, sunny day, not much heat penetrates the fern canopy. So it’s noticeably cooler and of course, more wet and muddy. I should really have brought glove because by the end of the walk I could barely feel my fingertips – which made taking photos an interesting task.
We had to walk very carefully and fortunately none of us slipped over but we were all pretty covered in mud by the end of it. I’m not sure how my Nikes will scrub up, but they’ve seen better days anyway.
I would advise against walking this track when its at all windy. We saw a few newly fallen trees and branches along the way. And these trees are giants.
It’s always nice to see a place that you’re familiar with in a different season. It felt like an entirely different track with all the moss and mushrooms growing on everything (and yes some of them are the magic kind). It’s a quiet place save for the sound of running streams and the odd call of a lyrebird.
Stay posted because tomorrow I’m heading up north to Byron Bay and will be writing all about this coastal town over the coming days. Here’s to some (hopefully) warmer weather.