Updated: Apr 7, 2019
Time: 1 hr 30 mins
Pram Friendly: No
Pet Friendly: Yes
I have driven past this sign a couple of times and decided I needed to check out this walk.
Getting there: The walk is situated between Lakes Entrance & Nowa Nowa. From Lakes - Follow the Princes Highway towards Nowa Nowa until you come across a sign for the Lonely bay walk, you turn right onto burnt bridge road. You will travel down a dirt road for a few minutes until you come across another sign pointing you left. You travel along this road for about 10 mins until you find the fern loop car park. If you keep going you will come to the Lonely Bay Day Visitor Area.
Once you turn off the highway it is dirt road so I would be careful what car you take. It’s not a terrible road there are a few pot holes but you should be able to get most cars down it.
This walk starts off from the Fern Loop car park or the Lonely Bay day visitor’s area, we started from the fern loop car park. If you didn’t want to do the whole 5km return this is the best place to start, as you can do the Fern Loop and back again.
About 5 mins into the walk you come across a sign for the fern loop track to the right. This track takes you on a loop into the gully and then over a board walk and back onto the main track again. It’s definitely worth taking a stroll around the loop, it’s a little bit different to the rest of the walk. If you wanted you could just do this small loop It would take you around 25 mins to complete.
Once you pass the boardwalk you start walking next to part of the lake bed, it doesn’t have much water in it at the moment but the lake soon expands. As you start climbing up a little, you come across a sign saying ‘high water detour’ I’m guessing this is the only track as I couldn’t see any others. As you start winding up and down the undulating hills you start seeing more and more of the beautiful Lake Tyres your walking next to.
It’s a very pleasant walk up high next to the lake. You can see some of the beautiful inlets and creeks, looking down into the clear blue water. It took us about 50 mins to get to the Lonely Bay day visitors’ area, which has a couple of picnic tables and has a track that gives you access to the water. Once you have had a rest, head back on the same track to the fern loop car park.
A really enjoyable walk with some beautiful views over Lake Tyres as part of Gippsland Lakes. Even though some of the signs on this track seem a little old they are still standing and its very well signed the whole way along. There are also some signs in front of some of the trees to tell you what they are, which I found pretty cool.