Another very pleasant walk is to go down the main road to the Tanjil river. This is a delightful walk along the river and very easy to do. You can spot trout swimming in the pools and occasionaly platypus. By the time you have got to the third bridge, the one on the main road included, it will have taken 45 minutes from Tanjil. This is as far as the best part of waking along the river goes. After the third bridge the track winds it's way gently up hill and after about 10 mins does a u turn to the left. Just a 100 metres further on the left is the only remaining cottage from what was a small township in this area. If you then follow the track another 90 metres it does another u turn to the right. At this point go straight on through a clearing and you will find the remains of an old road going into the bush. Follow this another 90 metres or so and if it's possible, blackberries permitting, go to the right and all through the bush here are the remains of a long ago township. The walk to the cottage from Tanjil will take about 1 hour there and another hour back.
Then there is the walk up Saxtons Rd. This will take you through the forest and past some magnificent sweeping views. The road winds its way gently up the mountain through several areas where logging has taken place. If you follow the main part of this road you eventually come to, after about one hours walking, a place where the road virtually turns into a track and becomes quite narrow. At this point a car can go no further [if you have decided to drive here]. Walking now becomes a bit harder but it is still accessible and after only 10 minutes you will find yourself at an old logging town and sawdust pile. Today there is nothing left of the houses and mill. You will find on the ground remnants of habitation like old beds, shoes, pots and pans etc. The view from the top of the sawdust pile down to the river is beautiful. However, snakes live in the sawdust pile and come out to sunbathe when it's hot. We have been there plenty of times and as long as you look out there's no problem. You may also get the occasional leech in the bush so carry a cigarette lighter or salt to get them off, don't pull them off as the bite can then become infected.
Tanjil Bren Village
The walk around the village is also fun and interesting to see all the old houses. Check out the old sawdust pile, the fire escape dugout, the old mill workers cottages down Mill Rd and the dam at the top end of the village.
Mt Baw Baw
In summer or winter going up to Mt Baw Baw and having a walk around the Ski Resort is also interesting and fun for everyone. A really delightful short walk is up to the summit at Mt Baw Baw, then back via the summit trail, takes about an hour. If you are more adventurous then you can walk over to Mt St Gwinear, look at the trail map for details. The views up there are spectacular. Click here for map Mt Baw Baw ski and walking trail map