Distance: 12 Km | Duration: Hrs | Grade: TBA | Rating: | Style: Circuit
About the Walk
On this walk you will walk through bush, have views down into Ironbark gorge, see Currawong fall and walk alongside a melaleuca swamp before returning to the starting point. It is an easy, pleasant walk through a range of habitats.
The Walk in Detail
This walk is in the Angahook section of the Great Otway National Park. Angahook comes from the language of the Wauthaurung people, whose ancestors lived for thousands of years off the lands in the eastern areas of the Otway Ranges. Wauthaurung people continue their spiritual and physical connection here today.
Park cars and walk northwest towards barrier gate. Follow the path signposted to Currawong Falls West. Walk up a well-graded track that at times is a little rugged underfoot. Continue walking uphill to reach a spot for morning tea
which offers flat rocks for sitting to admire the excellent vista of the gorge below.
The track loops south and finally northwest. Continue through a well- wooded area before climbing to cross Loves 2WD Track at a trig point. The track then descends to Currawong Falls on Distillery Creek. After passing the falls you will come to a fairly flat area that could provide a suitable lunch spot.
You will then pass through a Melaleuca swamp and a very heavily-timbered area before crossing Loves Track and Ironbark Drive (2WD unsealed road) and returning to the car park.
Parks Victoria advised on 8 August 2012 that "the Currawong Falls Walking Track north of Aireys Inlet has been re-opened with improvements. The track was closed in 2010 after damage from a planned burn made it impassable for visitors. Since the fire, Parks Victoria has improved and realigned the track around the damaged section and installed a new bridge and low boardwalk enhancing the walk to the falls." Because part of the track has been realigned the route may differ somewhat from the route shown on the walk map which was created in 2010 prior to the track changes.
Drive to Aireys Inlet and the junction with Bambra Rd. Turn right into Bambra Rd Drive for 2.4 km to where Bambra Rd takes a left turn while the road ahead becomes Distillery Creek Rd. Continue left on Bambra Rd for about 0.5km. Turn right into the Lower Distillery Creek Car Park and Picnic Area and park cars (Melways 611 C10).
Distillery Creek picnic area: