Wellington Plains


NB. The following information was current at the time of the event

Distance:  16 Km   |  Duration:  Hrs   |  Grade:  Grade 4   |  Rating:    |  Style:  Return   |  Map

Best Season:  Summer, Autumn, Spring

About the Walk


This walk crosses Wellington Plain with low heath, grasses, and occasional snow gum corpses. Turning east at Moroka Gap headwaters of the Moroka River to the north and Nigothurok Creek and the Wellington River to the south), we climb through woodlands onto the ridge overlooking the Avon Wilderness. On the ridgeline is the massive stone cairn on the top of Mt Wellington after which the shire is named. Fabulous views.

The Walk in Detail

Leaving McFarlane Saddle, sign the intentions book, read the signs with information about the local history, and head SE up a gentle incline at the top of which the track curves around to head SW. After a km or so, you leave the snow gum woodland and are on the low heathland and grasses of Wellington Plain. Pass the ruin of Dunsmuirs Hut and traverse the plain for 4km until another section of woodland is reached. Take the left fork heading east and within a few hundred metres is Moroka Gap in the clearing. Continue east on the footpad heading gently uphill to the Mt Wellington 4WD track (1.5km). Turn left, north, and the cairn on the top of Mt Wellington (1634m) is 1 km. Return by back tracking.

Getting There

From Licola Village, head back towards Heyfield, cross the Macalister River and immediately turn left. Follow Tamboritha Road to Arbuckle Junction veering right on Moroka Road. McFarlane Saddle is a further 14km along the Moroka Road. Ample parking with toilet. The road is unsealed beyond Wellington River. Distance from the Licola Wilderness Village to the start of the walk is 60 km.

Walk Precautions

Additional Information

ASCENT/DESCENT: 320/320 metres

Southern Alps

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