Walk Category: Day
Getting There: Car
Nearest Town: Buxton or Taggerty
Walk Area: North Central Victoria
Distance from Melbourne GPO: 122 km
Mobile Phone Coverage: Yes but coverage varies by provider
Walk Details Collated: October 2007
From the start, cross the road and foot bridge over Little River. Turn left and 100 metres later go right (west) through the forest. The trail zigzags steeply past 10 Fathom Ridge to a five way intersection on Neds Saddle.
Take the right hand track (north) towards Little Cathedral. This rough track rises along rocky slopes for about 1 km to another intersection. Continue north, dipping into a saddle before climbing steeply up rocks to the Peak of Little Cathedral. Grand views across the valleys to the north and west.
Return to the intersection and take the right track. There is a considerable amount of clambering along the rocky ridge to North Cathedral Peak, 814 metres, and a further 0.5 km to the summit of The Cathedral, 845 metres. Stunning views along the range to the highest point, Mt Sugarloaf in the south and down to the Acheron Valley below.
After about 200 metres from the summit take a minor trail off on the left that descends steeply down to Neds Saddle. From here return back down Neds Gully Track to the start.
Neds Gully area
Where do we start?: Neds Gully Car park, Cathedral Ranges State Park
How do we get to the start?: Drive to Healesville then follow Maroondah Highway north east through Narbethong, and Buxton and turn right (east) at the Cathedrals Sign (Brown Tourist sign) along Cathedral Lane, turn right again (south) along Little River Road tfor 2.7 km. Neds Gully main car-park is on the left. Avoid the 15 minute restricted parking area.
Maps: Cathedral Range Outdoor Leisure Map July 1993, Vicmap Topographic Maps T8023-3-2-1, T8023-2-3-4, t8023-2-4-3 and T8023-3-1-2 (www.land.vic.gov.au).
Walk map for Neds Gully – North Cathedral - Cathedral Peak – Neds Gully: Grid distance: 1km; Contour Interval: 20m; Grid North to top. Copyright State of Victoria, Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE). Reproduced from Vicmap Cathedral Range Outdoor Leisure Map with permission of DSE.
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