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Walk 5: Haggarts–Allardyce Tracks
A walk for all seasons through a variety of vegetation types. Spring is magnificent with a profusion of wildflowers in brilliant colour. There are spectacular views across the heathlands.
Gum Flat Road near Haggarts Track
Car shuttle. Leave pick-up car in Gum Flat Road near start of Allardyce Track
2–3 hr –7 km one way
How to get there

From the roundabout at Forest Road and the Great Ocean Road turn into Forest Road and continue for 5.8 km. Turn left into Gum Flat Road and travel 1.7 km to Allardyce Track. Leave pick-up car on Gum Flat Road. Continue another 4.1 km to Haggarts Track and park on Gum Flat Road.

Walk Notes
Blue-winged Parrot

Beginning at Haggarts Track the walk starts in old-growth heathy woodland of Brown Stringybarks, Shining Peppermints and Scent-barks with an abundant understorey of Austral Grass-trees, ferns, Silver Banksias and small ground plants such as Common Flat-pea, Twisted Beard-heath and Dwarf Bush-pea. As the landscape changes with expansive views over the heathland to Anglesea and the ocean, the Shining Peppermints become dominant with the understorey of mainly Sweet Wattle.

After walking a short distance there is a damper area with Manuka and Prickly Teatree growing densely. The road turns close to a small stand of the rare winter-flowering Juniper Wattle nestled amongst the Red-fruit Saw-sedge the swampy terrain of the Anglesea River system.

After a mostly downhill stretch, the road climbs through woodland trees, teatree, grass-trees, hakea and messmates, then down again through another stand of Juniper Wattle. There is a very healthy population of the endemic Anglesea Grevillea, which flowers in spring and summer. The track eventually joins Allardyce Track, seasonally open to traffic and quite badly eroded in parts. There is another patch of grevillea growing on the right side of the track. Small Sheoak, Silver Banksia, Sweet Wattle, Victorian Smoke-Bush and other plants grow along the embankments.

In the lower section there is a fine stand of Scented Paperbark with pleasantly scented, lemon-yellow bottle-brush flower-spikes in spring and summer. Further along, the woodland returns, with very tall eucalypts and an understorey of Myrtle Wattle, Hazel Pomaderris, Black Wattle and Snowy Daisy-bush, to name a few. Close to Gum Flat Road, Autumn Wasp Orchid leaves and perhaps flowers can be found in autumn beside the track.

Take time to stop and listen for birds in the various habitats and look for fauna such as wallabies, kangaroos, echidnas and interesting insects.

Bird Calls
Superb fairy-wren
Eastern Spinebill
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

Superb Fairy-wren recording (Recording by Marc Anderson CC BY); Eastern Spinebill (Recording by Marc Anderson, CC BY); Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Recording by James Lambert, CC BY)

Check Out Fauna & Flora Below
Twisted Beard-heath (Photo by Ellinor Campbell)
Myrtle Wattle (Photo by Gail Sluikhuis)
Anglesea Grevillea (Photo by Ellinor Campbell)
Black Wattle (Photo by Ellinor Campbell)
Austral Grass-trees (Photo by Gail Sluikhuis)
Common Flat-pea (Photo by Neil Tucker)
Shining Peppermint (Photo by Alison Watson)

Sweet Wattle (Photo by Ellinor Campbell)
Snowy Daisy-bush (Photo by Melburnian GNU)
Furze Hakea (Photo by Melburnian GNU)
Dwarf Bush-pea (Photo by Ellinor Campbell)
Autumn Wasp Orchid (Photo by Lesley Cadzow)
Scented Paperbark (Photo by Melburnian GNU)
Red-fruit Saw-sedge (Photo by Ellinor Campbell)

Prickly Teatree (Photo by Ellinor Campbell)
Victorian Smoke-bush (Photo by Margaret MacDonald)
Brown Stringybark (Photoa by Geekstreet CC BY)
Juniper Wattle (Photo by lookcloser CC BY)
Hazel Pomaderris (Photo by Murray Fagg, CC BY)
Scent-bark (Photo by Ian Brooker and David Kleinig CC BY)