Walk Category: Short
Getting There: Car
Nearest Town: Airey's Inlet
Walk Area: Central Victoria
Distance from Melbourne GPO: 120km
Mobile Phone Coverage: Yes
Walk Details Collected: October 2010
Walk Details Provided By: Waverley Bushwalking Club
This is a beautiful walk, starting at Distillery Creek picnic area, going up Ironbark Gorge high above the river, then returning via a lower track which crosses the river several times.
Walk north on the track through the picnic area until after a couple of minutes a track on the left with a sign 'Ironbark Gorge Track' is reached. Turn left and follow the track as it follows the gorge upstream on the southwest side. At the head of the gorge cross the bridge which has a 8WT track marker on it and follow the track down the gorge on the northeast side.
The return track crosses the creek bed several times on either a boardwalk or a bridge. At the track junction ignore the track to the left signed to Currawong Falls and turn right to follow the track signed 'Picnic Ground 500m' with a 8WT track marker. Return to the picnic ground and the cars.
Option: Combine with Distillery Creek Nature Trail (1.5 km or about 30 mins) for a longer walk. Both walks start in the same place. See separate description of the Nature Trail.
Drive to Aireys Inlet and the junction with Bambra Rd. Turn right into Bambra Rd Drive for 2.4 km to where Bambra Rd takes a left turn while the road ahead becomes Distillery Creek Rd. Continue left on Bambra Rd for about 0.5km. Turn right into the Lower Distillery Creek Car Park and Picnic Area and park cars (Melways 611 C10).
Map: Vicmap 1:50000 Torquay 7721-S, First edition 2008
Please note: the sketch map provided with the detailed walk description covers both Ironbark Gorge Track and the adjacent Distillery Creek Nature Trail. The two walks can readily be combined.
Parks Victoria: Great Otway National Park