Walks Around Erica
Hotel Creek Walk: Starting 150 metres to the south of the Erica
Hotel, this walk skirts through forested areas and around the perimeter
of farmland to the west and north of Erica. Rolling hills and fresh
green pasture, steep forest gullies and heavily wooded areas remind the
walker of the magnificence of the area, reminiscent of the early
colonial days. The return to Erica Hotel, via the main road, is ample
reward. Grade: Medium to difficult. Distance: Approx 8 km. Time: 3
Farm Walk: Start at the Erica Hotel and wander down Mathieson’s
Rd with the bush on one side and lush farms on the other. Detour a
little and experience the tranquility of the Erica Cemetery in its
forest setting. Further on are the remains of one of Erica’s last
sawmills. At the end of the road take the right hand fork onto the bush
track which is, in season, a profusion of wildflowers. Make a left turn
along the fence line. At the top of the hill you will find spectacular
views of Mt Erica. Follow the track across the creek at the bottom of
the fence line and turn to come back along the opposite side of the
farms. This track will bring you out at the Mill Park after which a
short wander through the town will return you to the Erica Hotel.
Grade: Medium. Distance: 9 km. Time: 3 hours.
Petersons Lookout, Tyers Park
Tyers Valley Rail Trail: This 11 km trail is a favourite for
enthusiasts who like gentle riding or walking in the bush. The trail
passes through rainforest, fern gullies, messmate and stringybark
forest, and there are plenty of birds, mammals and seasonal
wildflowers. Petersons Lookout in Tyers Park has views of the Tyers
Gorge and Latrobe Valley from a viewing platform, and picnic
facilities. The Walhalla Goldfields Rail Trail is nearby.
Mushroom Rocks (Mt Erica): starting from the Mt Erica car park, a foot
track climbs steadily through mountain ash forest passing a rocky
outcrop, which provides good shelter. About 2kms from the car park the
forest begins to open out as an area of huge, rounded granite boulders
is reached. McMahon’s Bush Hut is nearby. A cave provides further
shelter and there are good views from the top of the higher rocks.
Mt Erica summit: from Mushroom Rocks the foot track climbs steeply for
3 km, to an open lookout area near the summit of Mt Erica, passing
through attractive forest on the way. On clear days the lookout on Mt
Erica provides excellent views south across the farmlands of Latrobe
Valley beyond which rise the distant Strzelecki Ranges.