Richards Tramline Longer Loop


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Distance:  21 Km   |  Duration:  5 Hrs   |  Grade:  Grade 3   |  Rating:    |  Style:  Circuit   |  Map

About the Walk


Highlights include: interesting and varied vegetation; some spectacular tree ferns; fauna such<br /> as lyrebirds, wallabies, yellow-tailed black cockatoos; enjoying the sounds of frogs; and the many and varied wild flowers. You will walk through a forest of silvertop ash, messmates, and acacias and enjoy mountain grey gum and mountain ash trees.

The Walk in Detail

This walk, which follows an old logging tramline, winds its way up the Mississippi Valley towards Starvation Creek. We begin at the Big Pats Creek Bridge following the ‘Walk into History’ Track along the creek for approx. 500m before reaching Big Pats Creek Recreation Area. There is a pit toilet available here. From the recreation area, follow Richards Tramline Track which is clearly marked. The first 2km of Richards Tramline track is known as ‘The Curves’, getting its name from the series of bends constructed along the tramline to allow for a steady descent from Mississippi Fireline towards Big Pats Creek.

The walk follows the old tramways which once formed a link between outlying sawmills, Big Pat’s Creek and the La La siding in Warburton. The track follows a gentle gradient with no strenuous ups or downs.

The first half of the walk is a steady slow climb of 500m over approx. 11km. The tramline track ends as it intersects with Brahams Road, turn left here and after approx. 700m turn left again onto Mississippi Creek Road. The last part of the walk on Mississippi Creek Road, a 4WD track, provides easy walking back to the cars, mostly downhill.

Getting There

From the Warburton Visitor Centre, head east and take the Woods Point Road (C511) towards East Warburton. Turn right into Riverside Drive immediately after the second crossing of the Yarra River after leaving Warburton. After 600m turn left into Big Pats Creek Road. After approx. 2.5km take a sharp left just after which the bitumen ends. In approx. 30m cross Big Pats Creek. After crossing the creek park the cars. Around Big Pats Creek Bridge there is adequate parking for about 10 cars.

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