Mt Hope - Bushwalking Victoria

Mt Hope Wombat State Forest

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  • Walk Length: 14.5 km
  • Walk duration: 5.0 hrs
  • Walk Grade: Experienced
  • Walk Style: Circuit
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Mt Hope

Walk Summary

Walk Category: Day

Getting There: Car

Nearest Town: Ballan

Walk Area: Central Victoria

Distance from Melbourne GPO: 90 km

Mobile Phone Coverage: Yes but coverage varies by provider

Walk Details Collated: May 2015

Walk Details Provided by: Federation 2015; Bayside Bushwalking Club & Great Dividing Trail Association

Walk Description

Important Note

This walk involves off-track walking and should therefore only be attempted by parties experienced in the use of map and compass and equipped with a topographic map covering the walk. The provided walk map is unsuitable for navigation purposes.

Walk Details

The walk starts at the car park. Cross over the river and walk south-east on the road for 400m to a faint 4WD track on the left (GR 502448). Follow this track for 100m then veer north-east off-track to a high point at GR 507451. Follow the 4WD track to the next high point at GR 508453 and continue south-east for 500m to McGees Road at GR 512450. Cross over McGees Road and continue on the track climbing up to the junction with Mount Hope Track at GR 518452. Turn left on Mount Hope Track and continue for 500m to the junction with Cricket Ground Track (GR 516455) and north for about 1.5km to Hell Hole Track on the left. Ignore this track and proceed for 200m to a faint track branching to the right (GR 519468) and follow this track east to the summit of Mount Hope (GR 521469). This is a convenient place for a break. It is a cleared area with weather station apparatus, but has no views.

Continue following a track north-west down to Mount Hope Track (GR 520470) and continue north ignoring any side tracks until you reach the top of the ridge where the track is on a long sweeping right hand bend at GR 520475. There is a small clearing on the left hand side to help identify this spot. Turn left (north-west) and walk off-track to pick up the long generally down, but undulating, ridge passing a high point at GR 514476. Continue on the ridge, avoiding the creeks and gullies on your left, to reach another high point at GR 503482 which is about 2km from going off-track. This area is a good lunch spot.

After lunch continue west over the high point along a trail bike track for about 50m and pick a convenient spot to leave the bike track and head west, ignoring all other bike tracks, until a distinct 4WD track is reached at the bottom of the hill (GR 498482). Follow this track north-west to Spargo-Blakeville Road at GR 495485. Turn left and walk 100m to the McGees Road junction (GR 493485). Turn left into McGees Road and proceed for 200m and head off-track (south-west) to a high point at GR 493481. This is where the most mining activity has taken place so care is needed. Continue from this high point south to pick up a 4WD track and follow this track south for 1km to a T junction at GR 492471.

Turn right along a 4WD track to another junction (GR 491471) and cross into the bush for a short distance west aiming for a break in the fence that leads to a mown grass track called Sultana Road. Follow this road, which becomes gravel, between private properties, and cross the Werribee River. Continue on to a clearing on the left-hand side containing a shed at GR 486468. Head off-track south, then south-west up a hill to meet the Ballan-Daylesford Road and a 4WD track at GR 486464. Follow the 4WD track as it turns south-west for about 1km to the ford over the Werribee River (GR 495461). Do not cross the ford but follow the riverside walk south on the west side of the river. This track meanders along the river for 2.2km to the car park. Look for the dogleg left-hand turn on the track (GR 498448) this is a shorter route back to the car park.

Walk Map

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Getting There

From Melbourne head west via the M1, M80 and the Western Freeway/Highway (M8) and take the C141 exit, turning north towards Daylesford. About 9.5 km from the freeway exit look for a gravel road to the right that is signposted Bunding-Blakeville Road. Take this road for 1.3 km to a picnic area at the bottom of the hill on the left hand side of the road. This is the start and finish of the walk (Grid Reference (GR) 499450). There are no car park gates or fees payable.

Further Information

Total uphill: 350 m
Gradient: short steep hills <20%
Path: 4WD tracks, bush tracks and off-track

Maps:
  Vicmap Topo 1:25000 A0: 7723-3-S DAYLESFORD SOUTH
                                       7722-4-N BALLAN NORTH
                                      
  Vicmap Topo 1:30000 A4: 7723-3-2-3, 7723-3-2-2, 7722-4-1-4, 7722-4-1-1

Wombat State Forest

Daylesford and Hepburn Springs – tourism and accommodation

Mobile Phone Coverage: Telstra, Optus, Vodaphone

 

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