Seven Acre Rock is a large rocky outcrop that provides some of the most spectacular views of the Yarra State Forest, Bunyip State Park and adjoining farm land. On a clear day, it is possible to see Western Port Bay and Port Phillip Bay. The tranquil lookout provides an excellent location to listen to native birds while enjoying the beauty of the surrounding forest.
The Seven Acre Rock walking track starts opposite the picnic area on Bunyip Road. The most direct and well sign posted route is from Powelltown, an approximate 8 km drive. It is also easily accessible from Noojee or Gembrook. The lookout is located about 80km east of Melbourne.
The rock type is granite with the main minerals being feldspar, quartz and mica. Granite is formed from magma (molten or semi-molten material) deep within the earths crust. The magma cools slowly generating a coarse texture. After millions of years of erosion the overlying materials are stripped away to expose the granite. At Seven Acre Rock and along the track, you will experience some of the most wondrous views, with Yarra State Forest on the right and Bunyip State Park on the left.
This is a short walk of around 600m one way and 45 minutes return. The track is of a very easy grade, with a slight climb to the rocky outcrop at the end. Please be cautious on the rock surface during wet weather as it can be slippery. During warm weather you might be lucky and spot reptiles basking in the sun. This is a walk well suited to all ages and fitness levels.
At the picnic area opposite the start of the walk there is a sheltered picnic table, toilets and BBQ/fireplaces. There are no facilities at the lookout..
Some of the more common plant species you will corne across on the track include; Silver Wattle, Mountain Ash, Snow Gum, Balm Mintbush and Daisy Bush. On warm days, you will notice the distinctive smell of the mint from the Balm Mintbush as you walk. You will also notice that many of the wattle trees are covered in an orange coloured fungus. This is not harmful to the trees . Along the track to the rock, if you listen carefully, you may be able to hear, or even see, a Superb Lyrebird. Don't be fooled though, the Superb Lyrebird is an excellent mimic, and often produces sounds that are mistaken for other forest noises.
The Superb Lyrebird is often seen on the ground scratching the forest litter searching for spiders, beetles, centipedes, grubs and other small creatures to eat. Other bird species include the Laughing Kookaburra, Crimson Rosella and Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo. You may also encounter the Common Wombat and the Swamp Wallaby.
Please protect this fragile area by keeping on the tracks, and on the rock at the lookout. The flora and fauna are protected so please respect the forest and the animals that live there. Pets are permitted in the area but please keep them on a lead, and take your rubbish with you. Remember, if you take it in, it 's your responsibility to take it out.
Take care on forest roads as they are generally narrow and windy and can become slippery after rain. Logging trucks and other vehicles frequently use the roads. Try to remember that here in the mountains the weather can change very quickly, so please come prepared. Wear good walking boots or sturdy shoes and carry some warm clothes and a waterproof jacket. Make sure you tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return.
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