Walk Category: Day
Getting There: Car
Nearest Town: Healesville
Walk Area: Central Victoria
Distance from Melbourne GPO: 64 km
Mobile Phone Coverage: Yes but varies by provider
Walk Details Collated: October 2007
The walk starts on Mt Riddell Road at the gates marking the boundary of the Yarra Ranges National Park. From here the closed access road (Road 2) wends its way through the forest, climbing gradually up Mt Riddell. The climb becomes steeper about two thirds of the way up the road but affords great views of Maroondah Reservoir and the surrounding countryside.
Stop at a flat grassed area on a saddle for lunch/rest stop before walking to the summit of Mt Riddell. The walk to the summit is along an overgrown track, then goes off track following a series of yellow stakes to the cairn marking the summit. Return the same way to the grassed area. This takes about 45 minutes. In this off-track section, there were many signs of lyrebird activity and we could hear one singing, so there is a possibility of sighting a lyrebird on this part of the walk.
It is a 650m climb from the start of the walk to the cairn at the summit. Return the same way so it is downhill all the way to Mt Riddell Road.
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Melway Map 278
Where do we start?
At the gates marking the boundary of the Yarra Ranges National Park on Mt Riddell Road.
How do we get to the start?
From Healesville Sporting Complex take the Mt Riddell Road which is the 3rd road on the right. Follow Mt Riddell Road for just over 2 km until reaching the gates at the end of the road. (Melway Map 278, F2)
Map: Vicmap - Juliet South 8022-4-S - 1:25 000 Topographic Map
Walk Map for Mt Riddell: Grid distance: 1km; Contour Interval: 20m; Grid North to top. Copyright State of Victoria, Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE). Reproduced from Vicmap Juliet South with permission of DSE.
Parks Victoria: Yarra Ranges National Park
Note: There are seasonal road closures in this area. As at July 2012 some roads and tracks in this park were closed indefinitely due to problems from flooding and bushfires. It is strongly recommended that prospective walkers check the Parks Victoria website and/or contact the local ranger for current information before visiting this park.