The Forest Tour
The Forest Tour takes you on a 2.5-3 hour guided hiking experience through the magnificent Wombat State Forest, just ten minutes drive from Daylesford. Along the way we stop for activities and observations as we introduce you to the ideas of mindfulness in a casual, relaxed and engaging setting. Combining interesting facts about the forest with mindful nature engagement activities, this is a fantastic and interactive way to explore the forest and suitable for anyone with an interest in nature. Whether you have experience with mindfulness or not, this walk will offer you a unique bushwalking adventure. The tour finishes with hot or cold drinks and biscuits, nestled in the heart of the forest.
Public tours operate:
Private tours available Weds, Thurs and Sundays (except 1st Sunday of month), visit the private tours page.
1pm-3.30/4pm (2.5-3 hours depending on the group)
*Please enter the Coupon code: CONCESSION at checkout. You will then need to email us a photograph of your valid health care card or seniors card the same day to firstname.lastname@example.org - If a valid concession card is not supplied within 24 hours of booking then the order will be cancelled.
Small group sizes, maximum 9 people per tour
(minimum of 2 people to run the tour)
Bookings essential & we recommend booking in advance.
Enjoy a rejuvenating forest-bathing walk through Wombat State Forest as we guide you on a unique hiking experience. Departing just 10 minutes drive from the Daylesford township, we take you off the beaten track to explore and soak in the true beauty of the forest.
After a short introduction, we head off for our hike, heading deeper into the forest and stopping along the way to look at some of the native flora and habitats of the local fauna, as well as relics from the long past mining days of the area. We incorporate an introduction to the concepts of mindfulness with our observations of the natural landscape to allow the group to get the most out of their guided hiking experience.
At various points along the hike we stop to guide you through different focal points, where we use the forest environment to practice some basic mindfulness skills. Throughout our journey we seek to develop a deeper connection with the forest by tuning in to the present moment. We practice hearing, seeing and sensing the forest in ways that both relax and inspire us.
The presentation of mindfulness and concepts discussed on the tour are very down-to-earth and accessible for all. Mindfulness is an evidence-based practice that has been scientifically proven to improve your attention and awareness and lower stress levels.
Along the walk, casual conversation is welcome. There is a section towards the end where we will enjoy the serenity of the forest by walking in silence for about 15 minutes.
The tour finishes with a hot or cold drink (depending on the weather) and a snack overlooking a tranquil forest dam.
Easy to Moderate
Uneven ground in parts, short inclines, and a few logs to step over
All levels including total beginners
Total distance covered:
Good walking shoes.
It may be wet and muddy in places depending on the season. Wear study enclosed footwear appropriate for bush walking.
Weather appropriate clothing.
Daylesford can be cold! For your comfort please bring warm layers as well as a hat and sunscreen.
Please wear clothing suitable for outdoor play!
What to Pack.
Water bottle & sense of exploration.
Please leave valuables at home as the carpark is a secluded forest site.
Tours are subject to weather conditions. We will decide 24 hours before the tour if it needs to be cancelled due to forecast conditions. We do not operate in heavy rain, high winds or on days of extreme fire risk. If light or patchy rain is forecast you will be given the option of going ahead or cancelling. Any tours cancelled due to weather conditions will be fully refunded.
If you decide to cancel for your own reasons then we can provide a full refund if you give us at least 24 hours notice. Last minute cancellations (within 24 hours of scheduled tour booking) will incur a 50% cancellation fee.
Private tours are available including 1-on-1 hikes and group bookings.
Some of the groups we can cater for include:
Visit our Private Tours page for more details.