The forest is a wonderful and often transforming place to be.

The experience of independence, discovery and seclusion that goes with a Secret Forest Walk deserves to be shared.

So this is for those who’ve walked (and those who’d like to walk), to post their thoughts and experiences.

(Below the comments posted in directly by walkers is a collection of comments added to the feed back form that walkers which offered to complete at the end of their walk. The writers have consented to having their comments posted on the website.)

Read posts from Bec and Ting. and more..!

Bec says:

This walk was absolutely AMAZING!! We were in awe of the magic of the bush, and certainly left more centered and grounded than when we walked in!! Highly recommended!! Brendan thought of everything and even came in looking for us when we were running a bit late because we were mesmerized by the beauty of this area!!

(Werribee River Headwaters Walk)

2010/11/22 at 1:32 am

Ting says:

It was great to be away from civilization and to enjoy nature’s gifts. Brendan was an excellent and thoughtful guide. He provided us with walk options that suited the limited time we had on that day (in addition, he put in consideration based on what we liked to see and weather on that day). We finished our walk around 6.30pm, Brendan msg us to make sure we were fine as soon the sky was going dark and it could be dangerous.

I guess the only thing i may recommend ppl is to wear hiking shoes (water proof if possible). If you have insect repellent, bring along with you.

Anyway, I had a great time and will go back again and do another walk.
Thank you Brendan, I appreciate your time and effort organizing the walk for us :)

(Babbingtons Hill- Lyonville Spring Walk)

Many thanks for the feedback Ting. The backpacks now contain insect repellent!

2010/12/12 at 11:04 pm

June says:

The small green valley walk left me feeling refreshed, my senses awoken and thoroughly satisfied, the only downside being that the experience was over too soon (even though the 6km walk took us 4 hrs to cover). The enclosed walking trails were a new experience and it was thrilling being dwarfed by trees and walking amongst shrubs exposing only our heads, as well as navigating large puddles.

The briefing was very well laid out and all aspects of personal safety and GPS use were covered. Overall, my partner and I would highly recommend this walk, I’ve taken so many great pictures as evidence.

Thanks again Brendan!

(Small Green Valley Walk)

Comments from the feed back form.

How was your Experience using the GPS?

Very simple to use, helpful and fun.

Fine, no problems.

We found it extremely useful and it made the walk more enjoyable.

The GPS was easy to use and understand. It helped when we came to multiple options on the path.

What were the most enjoyable aspects of the walk?

The lake, the views, the serenity, the peacefulness of the walk.

(Jess and Dean. The Elements walk).

Peace and quiet, some challenging bits, which was good. The mines were interesting. Chocolate mill- great choc’s. Back pack was great.

(Hepburn springs- Chocolate Mill Walk).

What an adventure. Loved every minute. Great fun.

(Blowhole Walk).

The views from Babbington Hill were amazing.. Enjoyed the mature forest.

(Mason and Jackie. The Bullarto Walk).

Views, Changing landscape.Mineral water. We had a brilliant time.

(Lyonville Springs Walk).

Secluded area. being able to go at own pace without being rushed.

(Mountain Challenge).





  1. Natalie Lawler says:

    We set off to conquer Mt Wilson (Mt Challenge 2 walk) both armed with a delicious banquet of food wearing our Vibram Fivefingers. The circuit took us about 2 hours with only one relatively steep ascent.

    We anticipated that we would get our feet wet at the river crossing but the river was surprisingly low given the recent rains.

    Other than a few trailer riders nobody else was to be seen. Pure bliss!

    Thank you Secret Forest Walks.

  2. Natalie Lawler says:

    ‘The Jewel of the Wombat’ is definitely a very fitting name!

    The first section of the track was quite slippery and being coated in mud set an adventurous tone to the walk. The Mt Ash area was simply breathtaking! One of my favourite sections was negotiating the logs across the ‘no bike track’ which has left me curious about it’s creation.

    Without giving too much away the summit at the end was a real treat! I definitely plan to take some friends with me next time. 8 km that contains a little bit of everything! You would definitely get lost out there without the GPS! Thanks again.

  3. Teresa Brown says:

    It was truly a beautiful experience had by all. The independence of walking into a hidden forest and feeling very secure of knowing where we were going and the hidden treasures once we reached the lovely oasis of such a beautiful area (especially at Easter in Daylesford!). The GPS was truly beneficial and so easy to pick up. Would have been lost without it. Great asset. Brendan was marvellous explaining how the GPS works. He is full of wonderful knowledge of the area. Looking forward to doing the next walk once up there again. Thank you.

  4. Pip Denton says:

    I did the short Bullarto Walk on my own and just loved it. Altho the steep start nearly did me in, I got my second wind quickly and progressed. Some truly amazing scenery – was quite taken with Wombat City – and the gums and ferns were just wonderful. I saw no one, and heard no sounds other than water, trees rustling in the breeze and bird and insect song. The sun came out just as I got to the reservoir – thanks Brendan – allowing for some very nice “sit n think” time! I’ll be back to try my stamina on the Sailor’s Falls Walk one day….

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