Walk Category: Day
Getting There: Car
Nearest Town: Beaufort
Walk Area: South West Victoria
Distance from Melbourne GPO: 192 km
Mobile Phone Coverage: Yes but coverage varies by provider
Walk Details Collated: October 2008
Walk Details Provided By: Ballarat Bushwalking & Outdoor Club
This walk goes through Mount Buangor State Park and Mt Cole State Forest areas.
The walk begins opposite the shelter and soon crosses over the Middle Creek Road and the Ferntree Waterfalls Road. Keep on the track as it climbs gently and crosses over two gravel tracks. Turn left onto a fire track, continue to the junction on the side of the hill (there is a marker post with an orange arrow) and follow the Cavehill Walking Track.
The track now begins a much steeper climb of around 400 metres in altitude. Turn right at a T-intersection and follow the track up towards the north-west (the track to the left leads to the Cave overhang). The route continues to a clearing where it intersects with the Beeripmo Track.
Turn right onto this track towards Cave Hill. There is a good morning tea spot with great views, a short distance along this track. The track levels out as it crests Cave Hill and descends gently towards Ditchfields. Cross straight over the Mt Cole Road and a small fire track and then walk down to the Camp Road. Turn right and follow this road to Ditchfields Hut. This is a good lunch spot with toilets and picnic tables.
Retrace your steps towards Middle Creek but at the T-intersection, continue on to the Cave overhang (200-300 metres). Return to the T-intersection, turn right and retrace the route down to Middle Creek Campground.
Take the Western Highway to Beaufort. Travel west through Beaufort for 11.8 km and turn right onto Ferntree Gully Road. Follow this for 7.5 km, ignoring any side roads, until you enter the Mt Buangor State Park. The first turn left will take you to Middle Creek camping ground.
Parks Victoria: Mount Buangor State Park (Park Note)
DSE: Mt Cole State Forest
Note: As at August 2012 many areas of Buangor State Park are still affected by damage caused by fire in 2010 and heavy rainfall and storms in early 2011. Park staff have commenced repairing roads, walking tracks and visitor facilities and this work will continue for some time. Check with Parks Victoria for the latest information prior to visiting this park.