Mount Sugarloaf - Antimony Mine Circuit - Bushwalking Victoria

Mount Sugarloaf - Antimony Mine Circuit Lerderderg State Park

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  • Walk Length: 12 km
  • Walk duration: 4.5 hours
  • Walk Grade: Medium
  • Walk Style: Circuit
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Walk Summary

Walk Category:  Day

Getting There:  Car

Nearest Town:  Melton

Walk Area:  Central Victoria

Distance from Melbourne GPO:  57 km

Mobile Phone Coverage:  Yes but coverage varies by provider

Walk Details Collated:  October 2013

Walk Details Provided By:  Boroondara Bushwalkers

Walk Description

All on track. One ascent & descent. 200m change in elevation.

Start:  Antimony Mine Road.

  1. Walk north on Antimony Mine Track to Mt Sugarloaf turnoff. Distance 2km.

  2. Veer right at track junction and walk north-east towards Mt Sugarloaf. At next track junction veer right onto Sugarloaf Track and continue to Mt Sugarloaf. At first the track rises gradually and then more steeply. From the summit of Mt Sugarloaf, retrace path and at the first track junction, veer right. Distance 5km.

  3. At the next track junction veer right onto Antimony Mine Track and continue to the first crossing of a creek. Continue west on Antimony Mine Track, crossing the creek again, this time on a wire bridge, and continue to site of the antimony mine. Cross a creek once more and explore the Drapers Load antimony mine. Retrace path on Antimony Mine Track. At the next two track junctions, veer right and continue on Antimony Mine Track to the walk end point. Distance 6.5km.

End: Antimony Mine Road.

Disclaimer: All reasonable effort has been made to ensure that the route description was as accurate as possible at the time of publication.
The accompanying map is general in nature and should not be relied on for navigation purposes.

This park is infected with Cinnamon Fungus.  Please observe the following control measures:

  • Be clean on entry and exit. Vehicles, tyres, machinery, footwear and camping gear should be free of soil, gravel and mud prior to entering or leaving any park, reserve or campsite (particularly in high risk areas). Don't bring soil or gravel in – and don't take any home!
  • Where available, use boot cleaning stations and vehicle wash down bays – they are there for a reason.
  • Remain on formed roads, tracks and pathways at all times. Moving from infected to uninfected areas can spread the pathogen - particularly during wet weather when soils are wet and sticky.
  • Obey all track and road closure signs. Do not enter areas of vegetation that have been quarantined.

For full details on the fungus and required control measures please follow link provided in Further Information below.

Walk Map

To view more on the map, zoom in or out, click the symbols and the walk route. To open a full screen version of the map, right-click Open Icon and open in another tab or window. An image of the map can also be pdfdownloaded304.58 KB.

Getting There

Take Route M79 (Calder Highway) north to Diggers Rest. Take exit to Diggers Rest/Bulla.  After 1.4km turn left onto Coimadai/Diggers Rest-Coimadai Road.  After 19.5km turn right onto Antimony Road.  1.7km later turn right to stay on Antimony Road.  Follow until reaching the Park gate. 

The walk starts and finishes here at Antimony Mine Road.  

Further Information


Guidebook: Melbourne's Western Gorges by Glenn Tempest, Open Space Publishing, 2012 (can purchase book online and download GPS files)

Mobile phone coverage information

Weather forecast:  Central District

Parks Victoria: website   Lerderderg State Park

Parks Victoria:  Park NoteLerderderg State Park - Pyrete Range

Parks Victoria: Map optimised for mobile devices. To download map, you must first install the free Avenza PDF Maps applicationLerderderg - Pyrete Range  

Cinnamon FungusInformation


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