Distance: 10 Km | Duration: 5 Hrs | Grade: TBA | Rating: | Style: Circuit | Map
About the Walk
The Cathedral Range is a spectacular seven kilometre ridge of sharply upturned sedimentary rock. This walk (in an area of the park unjustifiably overlooked) has magnificent views and includes a good climb, scrambling and finishes off walking next to a picturesque mountain stream.
The Walk in Detail
Much of this walk is not on a defined walking track, and is therefore should only be attempted by very experienced walkers competent and confident with navigating in challenging terrain using map, compass and GPS. Cathedral Range State Park was severely burnt in the Black Saturday bushfires of February 2009, and therefore this walk will have additional challenges of vigourous re-growth and fallen trees.
Walk route: Neds Gully - Chapel Hill - Cooks Mill - Neds Gully
The walk starts at the Neds Gully Car Park and heads due east climbing up Knobby Spur to Chapel Hill a total climb of approx 380 metres. Most of the terrain is open bush but near the top of Knobby Spur there is a section of rock scrambling requiring reasonable care.
Along Knobby Spur there are great views to the north. Then further on towards Chapel Hill there are great views of the Cathedrals. From Chapel Hill we take a basically open ridge down to Cooks Mill. The walk thus far is not on a set walking track. From Cooks Mill we follow the Little River walking track back to Neds Gully.
Where do we start?: Neds Gully Car park, Cathedral Ranges State Park
How do we get to the start?: Drive to Healesville then follow Maroondah Highway north east through Narbethong, and Buxton and turn right (east) at the Cathedrals Sign (Brown Tourist sign) along Cathedral Lane, turn right again (south) along Little River Road for 2.7 km. Neds Gully main car-park is on the left. Avoid the 15 minute restricted parking area.
Walking boots and walking poles. Involves rock scrambling and some enclosed bush. Navigations skills required.
Neds Gully area