Ben Nevis Walk - Bushwalking Victoria
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Ben Nevis Walk Mt Cole State Forest

2.8/5 rating (36 votes)
  • Walk Length: 9.6 km
  • Walk duration: 5 hours
  • Walk Grade: Hard
  • Walk Style: Circuit
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Walk Summary

Walk Category:  Day

Getting There:  Car

Nearest Town:  Beaufort

Walk Area:  South West Victoria

Distance from Melbourne GPO:  196 km

Mobile Phone Coverage:  Yes but coverage varies by provider

Walk Details Collated:  October 2008

Walk Details Provided By:  Ballarat Bushwalking & Outdoor Club

Walk Description

This walk follows foot tracks and 4WD tracks.

Park at the Chinamans camp ground and walk north to the gully at the back of the campground.  Walk up the very steep 4-wheel drive Telephone track for 1.25km.

Turn right and take the Eversley Sugarloaf road, for about 400 m to the Ben Nevis road. Turn left up Ben Nevis road and walk to the end where there is a radio and fire tower and a hut and picnic area; a good spot for a break.

Take a walk down the little track to the north of the picnic area where there are good views and a plaque marking the site of a plane crash. Retrace your steps to the toilet and turn right along a narrow foot track which will take you down to the Red Rock track.

Turn right along a small track into Red Rock, the launching place for the hang gliders, a rock climbing venue, and also a great viewing point.  Return along the Red Rock track to an intersection with Borella track, turn right and follow track markers to Cowan track.

Turn right and continue on Cowan track straight across an intersection until reaching a hair pin bend. Leave the road here and take the track uphill straight ahead.  Walk steeply up to the top of Eversley Sugarloaf and down across the grassy patch to get a good view across to Red Rock and a good spot for watching hang gliders.

Return to the Cowan track and turn right and continue east along this track, down in to a saddle and pick up the foot track on the left side of the road.  This foot track is a long, steep, slippery, toe-jamming descent that will take you all the way back to Chinamans road just west of the carpark.

Getting There

Take the Western Highway to Beaufort. From Beaufort, travel west on the highway through Buangor, turning right at the Warrak turn off (Buangor-Ben Nevis Road). Travel 12 km to Warrak. Turn right, after 4 km take the left fork to Chinamans Campground.

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