A magnificent but challenging all-year-round hike used by hikers, trail runners and walkers it is set in the area of Murrindindi on the periphery of Melbourne’s peri-urban fringe. This six-mile circuit trail begins and ends at the car park at Falls Road (this is a paying car park and accepts coins only) and is only a two-hour drive away making a great day trip from the hustle of Melbourne.
Although a popular trail you can still find solitude in the magnificent forests of Mountain Ash and Eucalyptus; look out for the beautiful Crimson Rosella, a parrot native to eastern and south-eastern Australia which can often be seen foraging on the forest floor, as well as Eastern Yellow Robins, Flame Robins and Grey Fantails. If hiking in spring and summer don’t be surprised to come across the odd snake; just leave them alone and there will be no problems.
The first section of the trail up to Keppel Lookout is rather steep but after this is accomplished the path becomes easier although the terrain can be uneven. The trail takes about 3.5/4 hours to complete, although caution is advised on trail times as this depends on multiple variables; for more info, click here
, and passes by Oxley Lookout, Del La Rue Lookout and the Steavenson Falls Lookout, all of which afford stunning views of the greater Yarra and Cathedral Ranges.
The terrain can be slippery so suitable footwear is needed and take plenty of water, especially in hot weather as the only facilities are at Steavenson Falls. Best for families with older children, be aware that dogs are not allowed on this trail which is classed as being of medium difficulty. For more information on how we grade trails, please click here