Distance: 15 Km | Duration: 5 Hrs | Grade: TBA | Rating: | Style: One Way | Map
About the Walk
This is a delightful walk that encompasses the best features of the areas around Marysville, including bush tracks, a steep climb, breathtaking views, forests, quiet gullies and rushing waterfalls and streams. Car shuffle required or can be made a circuit walk by walking through Marysille back to the car/s.
The Walk in Detail
From Sheehans lookout walk down the Man O' War Track which skirts the Marysville Road and then deviates into the forest. You emerge at the Paradise Plains Road and walk downhill (north) for about 1 km till you reach the track to Keppel Lookout.
A short but steep climb is then rewarded with magnificent views back towards Marysville and to the Cathedral Range from Keppel Lookout. A short distance away is the Three Tower Lookout. A good spot for lunch.
Take the road south from Keppel Lookout and then pick up the Bismarck Track. This undulating track crosses into the Steavenson Falls Scenic Reserve.
You emerge at the De La Rue Lookout and follow the Keppel Track down to Steavenson Falls. After a brief stop to admire the falls return to Marysville down the Treefern Gully Track which follows the Steavenson River all the way into town. A short car shuffle to pick up the car will be required or walk through Marysville back to the car.
This area was severley affected by the February 2009 Black Saturday bushfires. Visitor facilities and infrstructure has largely been rebuilt however we recommend you check with local tourism centre to obtain the current status on walks and other activities in this area prior to your walk.
Start point: Sheehans Lookout, corner of Kings Road and Old Melbourne Road in Marysville.
Getting to the start: From Melbourne, take the Maroondah Highway through Ringwood, Lilydale, Coldstream and Healesville, over the Black Spur and turn off to Marysville just past Narbethong. Once in Marysville turn right onto the Old Melbourne Road and Sheenans Lookout is on the corner of Kings Street on the right hand side. Parking is by the roadside. To avoid the short car shuffle, park in Gallipoli Park near the centre of town and walk the 800m to Sheehans Lookout.
The track can be slippery and muddy especially on the Keppel Track after rain. Care should be taken and boots and walking poles are advisable.
Marysville has all the facilities of a small town including public toilets, shops, cafes and bakeries.