Richards - Raglan Falls - Hutching's Track Loop - Bushwalking Victoria

Richards - Raglan Falls - Hutching's Track Loop Mt Cole State Forest

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  • Walk Length: 8.5 km
  • Walk duration: 3 hours
  • Walk Grade: Medium
  • Walk Style: Circuit
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Walk Summary

Walk Category:  Day

Getting There:  Car

Nearest Town:  Beaufort

Walk Area:  South West Victoria

Distance from Melbourne GPO:  180 km

Mobile Phone Coverage:  Yes but coverage varies by provider

Walk Details Collated:  October 2008

Walk Details Provided ByBallarat Bushwalking & Outdoor Club

Walk Description

A steep walk uphill via the Raglan Falls with a steep mainly downhill return.  Good views over the Raglan area.

Directions
Cross the creek from the car park into the open picnic ground and from the Beeripmo walking track sign follow the trail which begins just left of the enclosed picnic shelter. A short westerly uphill section heads through a gate to a small clearing and onto the Beeripmo Track via its distinctive posted logo.

Beginning gently, the track enters woodland then ferns, as a creek is crossed. The track then quickly ascends in a general South South West (SSW) direction. A water pipeline intake station is passed on the left and the track steepens up along the creek towards and through Raglan Falls. Keep left at an apparent track fork at the base of a section of boulders.

At the metal balustrade at the flat top of the cliffs above, look North East back down the valley with its huge granite rocks, fallen trees and ferny glades.  The track now flattens out along the plateau, crosses a short section of boardwalk and reaches Camp Road. Leave the Beeripmo Track here and turn left down Camp Road to reach Ditchfield Camp (200m hut, picnic tables and toilets).

Head east from the hut for 100m and veer right onto a foot track which leads to a five way intersection.  After crossing the road, take the signposted Archie's Track which then undulates through open forest in  a South East direction for about 1.25 km. Ignore side tracks. Take a left turn through a gate onto Manly Point Track and descend steeply with views of the valley through the trees.

After 0.75 km turn left at the T-intersection onto Hutchings Track. Now the route travels mainly North North West (NNW) for about 3 km along a 4WD track beside old fence lines, through sections of tall forest with more open farmland appearing on the right toward the base of the escarpment. Keep to the main track which finally turns right and heads 0.5km downhill.  Take a hard left onto the signposted Richards Picnic Ground track for a final push to the car park.

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Getting There

Getting to start
Take the Western Highway to Beaufort. At Beaufort take the turn opposite the bandstand and travel north to Raglan then follow the Elmhurst road for about 9 km and take the Glut road fork to the left. Turn left again at the sign to Richards Campground. The car park is a short distance up this road.

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