Walk Category: Day
Nearest Town: Eildon
Walk Area: North Central Victoria
Getting There: Car
Distance from Melbourne GPO: 150km
Mobile phone coverage: From high points only
Walk data compiled: July 2012
Walk details provided by: CAEX Bushwalking Club
This walk can be done in either direction. The directions below are for walking in a clockwise direction where the steep climb is done early in the walk. If the walk is done in an anti-clockwise direction the steep climb occurs about two thirds of the way into the walk.
If there is more than one vehicle in the party the walk can be shortened by approx 2 kms by leaving one vehicle at Wallaby Bay and one at Devils River.
Start at Devils Cove camping area and walk northwards along the access road for about 400m to the Perfect Cure Nature Trail. Follow the nature trail for about 500m before veering right to begin the very steep climb up along Keg Spur Track to High Camp. This track has quite a lot of loose gravel so take care. At High Camp take time to enjoy the views before you turn right along Blowhard Spur track. There are a couple short climbs and descents before reaching the Devass Gully Track. Continue straight ahead up the steep climb to the summit of Blowhard.
Blowhard is the highest point on the walk and on clear day the views are spectacular, encompassing Lake Eildon, Cathedral Range, Mt Torbreck, Mt Buller and The Bluff. In winter it should be possible to see snow on these peaks.
Return back down the hill, turn right onto Devass Gully Track and walk steeply down hill to the junction with the Wallaby Bay Track. Turn right along the Wallaby Bay Track which follows the lake shore back to the road at Wallaby Bay. Short diversions down to the lake shore at School Point and Cook Point will add 500m to the walk.
On reaching the road near Wallaby Bay, continue for 1.5kms back to the start point at Devils Cove.
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From Melbourne, take the Maroondah Highway through Ringwood, Lilydale, Healesville and on to Alexandra.
From major crossroads in the main street of Alexandra, continue straight ahead follow the signs to Lake Eildon National Park. 11 kms from Alexandra take the secoond exit at the roundabout on Skyline Road to the Fraser Camping Area, and follow the signs to Candlebark and Devil Cove camp grounds.
The Devil Cove camping area is only open in peak times such as Christmas and Easter. The nearby Candlebark camping area is open all year and has flush toilets, showers, water and some fireplaces. Fees apply to camp and bookings with Parks Victoria are required.
Parks Victoria: Lake Eildon NP