Distance: 8 Km | Duration: 6 Hrs | Grade: TBA | Rating: | Style: Circuit | Map
About the Walk
The Cathedral Range is a spectacular seven kilometre ridge of sharply upturned sedimentary rock. A long gradual climb from Neds Gully up to the top where we clamber over the large boulders along the spectacular ridge walk from peak to peak and return down to Neds Gully again.</p>
The Walk in Detail
From the start, cross the road and foot bridge over Little River. Turn left and 100 metres later go right (west) through the forest. The trail zigzags steeply past 10 Fathom Ridge to a five way intersection on Neds Saddle.
Take the right hand track (north) towards Little Cathedral. This rough track rises along rocky slopes for about 1 km to another intersection. Continue north, dipping into a saddle before climbing steeply up rocks to the Peak of Little Cathedral. Grand views across the valleys to the north and west.
Return to the intersection and take the right track. There is a considerable amount of clambering along the rocky ridge to North Cathedral Peak, 814 metres, and a further 0.5 km to the summit of The Cathedral, 845 metres. Stunning views along the range to the highest point, Mt Sugarloaf in the south and down to the Acheron Valley below.
After about 200 metres from the summit take a minor trail off on the left that descends steeply down to Neds Saddle. From here return back down Neds Gully Track to the start.
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 tfor 2.7 km. Neds Gully main car-park is on the left. Avoid the 15 minute restricted parking area.
Good shoes or walking boots and walking poles. The trail along the Cathedral Ridge involves clambering over boulders and in places is not defined. Parts of the track can be muddy and steep and need care.
Neds Gully area