Distance: 11 Km | Duration: 5.5 Hrs | Grade: TBA | Rating: | Style: Circuit | Map
About the Walk
A circuit walk via Cave Hill, Mt Sugarloaf and Ferntree waterfalls with some steep sections. Great views to the south and west. This walk is exposed in bad weather and involves a climb of 600 metres.
The Walk in Detail
The walk begins opposite the shelter and proceeds in an easterly direction and soon crosses Middle Creek Road and Ferntree Waterfall Road. Follow the foot track as it begins to climb in an easterly direction. You will soon meet a fire track.
Turn left onto this track which very soon becomes a foot track and continues to climb Cave Hill. As you climb you will come to a side track (left) to the overhang which gives Cave Hill its name. A short scramble to look at this overhang makes an interesting diversion. Continue on up Cave Hill until you come to a small carpark near the top of the hill. This is where you meet the Beeripmo Track. Turn left onto the Berripmo Track.
After about 20 minutes on the Beeripmo Track, the trail starts to climb Mt Sugarloaf. About 300 metres past the summit of Sugarloaf you will come to a lookout, leave the Beeripmo Track on a track to the left which will take you to Snowgum Lookout and then on down to Ferntree Falls.
Enjoy the falls before arriving at the Ferntree carpark. There is a small shelter here. The track back to Middle Creek starts from the carpark, passes Bailes picnic area and is a gentle 3 kms.
Note: Estimated walking time is 5.5 hours (despite signs). This walk is exposed in bad weather and involves a climb of 600 metres.
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From Beaufort travel towards Ararat for 11kms and turn right at the Buangor State Park sign. Follow this road, ignoring any side roads until you enter the Mt Buangor state park. The first turn on the left after entering the state park will take you to the Middle Creek camping ground.
Good walking boots or shoes and walking poles recommended. The track is narrow in parts and the exposed rocks can be very slippery.