Alpe Adria Trail, Slovenia

Alpe Adria Trail is a long distance trail, that starts in Austria from the foot of Grossglockner and finishes in Muggia in Italy. The trail has a total distance of 750 km, 37 stages and passes through 3 countries, Austria, Slovenia and Italy. The trail, also known as ” The Garden of Eden” is not only a scenic trail, but also a cultural and historical experience.

The Soca Valley was the scene of the greatest battle between Italian army and Austro- Hungarian military during the First World War. Along the magical scenery, the emerald of river Soca and majestic Julian Alps, many caverns, trenches, cemeteries are silent witnesses of the famous Isonzo Front from 1915 to 1917.

Alpe Adria Trail, Slovenian Stages

This post describes walking Alpe Adria Trail in Slovenia, which has 8 stages from  Stage 23 to Stage 30, starting at Kranjska Gora and finishing at Smartno. From Julian Alps with its highest mountain pass Vrsic,  the trail meanders along Soca River, follows the Walk of Peace and finishes in Brda region with its rolling hills and numerous vineyards and churches. Each stage has a different scenery with its unique beauty. The trail is of moderate difficulty and walking through the Slovenian villages was an absolute joy. I was impressed with the accommodation and the Slovenian cuisine. 

  • Stage 23 Kranjska Gora  to Trenta
  • Stage 24 Trenta to Bovec
  • Stage 25 Bovec to Dreznica 
  • Stage 26 Dreznica to Tolmin
  • Stage 27 Tolmin to Tribil Superiore
  • Stage 28 Tribil Superiore to Cividale
  • Stage 29 Cividale to Breg pri Golo Breg pri Golo Brdu
  • Stage 30 Breg pri Golem Brdu to Smartno

Stage 23 Kranjska Gora  to Trenta

The total distance of this stage is 19.4 km, with a duration of 8 hours.

Total ascent is 918 meters and descent is 1108 meters. This is  a beautiful stage but not always well marked.

Hiking  this stage takes you to the highest mountain  Vrsic and pass Vrsic of Julian Alps. Starting at Kranjska Gora, you walk past Jasna Lakes and then along the forest trail.

Reaching the Russian Chapel, the trail will ascend to the summit of Vrsic which is at altitude of 1, 688 m.

Alpe Adria Trail, Slovenia
The Russian Chapel

The Russian  Chapel was built in 1916- 1917 in the memory of Russian prisoners who died in the first World War buried in a large avalanche whilst keeping the strategic road clear for the Austrian army.

Close to Vrsic summit is the view point to Ajdovaska deklica which is a natural carved face of a maiden in the rock.  From the pass the trail descends to Soca Source. We managed to get lost on this trail, ignoring a red arrow which pointed to a small path turning left and descending down. We continued forward on the track which did not take us anywhere. We returned back to find 2 cyclists who advised us to take the left path. Running late we missed the detour to the Soca Source and went directly to Trenta. 

Alpe Adria Trail, Slovenia
The maiden face on the rock
Alpe Adria Trail
Vrsic Pass

Stage 24 Trenta to Bovec

This stage  has officially a total distance is 21 km , our track is 24.85 km and it takes 6 hours.  Total ascent is 325 meters and descent is 489 meters.  

This stage follows the Soca trail and is a scenic, tranquil walk. The trail follows the Soca River from Trenta to Bovec, crossing footbridges, passing though meadows and forests. Soca River trail starts at The Soca Source, where the river springs from a cave. The river is of a beautiful green color with stunning gorges. The trail is marked Soska Pot. Approaching Bovec, the river becomes wider and is popular with water sports, rafting, kayaking.

Bovec is situated in Soca River valley close to the border with Italy. Bovec was part of First World War Isonzo Front where 1.5 millions soldiers perished.

Alpe Adria Trail, Slovenia
The emerald Soca River
Alpe Adria Trail, Slovenia
In the memory of WW1 soldiers

Stage 25 Bovec to Dreznica 

Distance  of this stage of Alpe Adria Trail is 22 km with an  ascent of  410 meters and  descent 336 meters.

 The hike is described of medium difficulty and it takes 7 hours to 7 hours and 30 minutes.

From Bovec, the trail continues following the river through the Bovec Valley.

After 4 km, follow the signs post to Virje waterfall a magic place worth a visit. The Virje waterfall is 20 meters wide and 12 meters high. The drop of water creates a deep green pool. Virje waterfall was the setting for the movie The Chronicles of Narnia Prince Caspian. Returning from the waterfall continue the track for most of part along the river.

Alpe Adria Trail, Slovenia
Magical Virje Waterfall

After approx 16 km you start ascending to reach Dreznica under the mountain Krn. During the First World War, Dreznica was completely destroyed except the small church which survived. The main church in the village was built on the older site and was dedicated to Sacred Heart. During the Second World War Dreznica was an important centre of Slovenian Partisan Resistance.

In 1947 Dreznica was included in Slovenia and annexed to Yugoslavia.

Alpe Adria Trail, Slovenia
Kayaking on Soca River
Alpe Adria Trail, Slovenia
Dreznica Church

Stage 26 Dreznica to Tolmin

 This stage of Alpe Adria Trail  has a total distance= 22.1 km

It takes 8 hours with an ascent of 734 meters and  descent of 1088 meters.

This section of the trail follows the former military path, before descending to the River Soca and reaching the town of Tolmin. The walk is marked Pot Miru which means Walk of Peace.

Alpe Adria Trail, Slovenia
View over Julian Alps

From Dreznica is a strenuous ascent to Planica. On Planica the Italian military chapel was build by Captain Celestino Bes in memory of Italian soldiers that have been killed in First World war. The Italian chapel Bes, under Krn is decorated with an eagle with open wings, the symbol of alpine Italian army.  The inscription on the entrance is Consolatrix Afflictorum means “the Comforter of the Afflicted”. From Planica you descend to Krn and then Tolmin, which  is the largest town of the Soca valley.

Alpe Adria Trail, Slovenia
Sunset in Slovenia

Stage 27 Tolmin to Tribil Superiore

Alpe Adria Trail
Trenches from First World War

Total distance of this stage of Alpe Adria Trail  is 18.9 km with a duration 7 hours and 30 minutes.

Total ascent is of 1291 meters and descent of 852 meters.

This route takes you to rolling hills and valleys, on historical path of  First World War with numerous trenches, forts and caves. On this walk you reach the starting point of Kolovrat Historical Museum.  On the ridge of Kolovrat, you pass the border from Slovenia to Italy.

Alpe Adria Trail
Border between Slovenia and Italy

The ridge of Kolovrat offers panoramic views over the Julian Alps. Crossing the border, you descend on the Italian side to the village of Clabuzzaro. From here, you follow the road and then  the CAI trail 747 towards village of Rucchin. The trail continues through forest,  uphill to Mount Cum. I found this ascent more difficult than the one to Kolvrat. From top of Mount Cum you  descend to Tribil di Sopra.

Alpe Adria Trail
In the memory of Italian soldiers that fought in the First World War

Stage 28 Tribil Superiore to Cividale

Alpe Adria Trail
Hiker on Alpe Adria Trail

Distance of this stage is 23.4 Km.  It takes 7.30 hours with an ascent  of 616 meters and descent  of 1126 meters.

From Tribil di Sopra you walk through meadows and chestnut woods to reach the Marian Sanctuary of Castlemonte, from where you descend towards the city of Cividale del  Friuli. On this stage it rained and we preferred to take at times  the road instead of the path.

Stage 29 Cividale to Breg pri Golo Breg pri Golo Brdu

Alpe Adria Trail, Slovenia
Breg accomodation

Distance is of this stage of Alpe Adria Trail is 12.9 km with a duration of 4 hours.

 A flat walk with an ascent of 301 meters and descent of 281 meters. 

This is a short easy stage which involves some road walk. You can take advantage to visit the city Cividale del Friuli which is declared UNESCO  World Heritage.

Piazza Del Duomo is the historical centre and next to it is The National Archaeological Museum, known for medieval archaeology and Lombard art. The Lombards led by Albion migrated in 568 into Italy. Cividale del Friuli was the first city to fall to Lombards. The small Oratorrio di Santa Maria in Valle is one of the oldest examples of Lombard architecture.

Stage 30 Breg pri Golem Brdu to Smartno

 The last stage of Alpe Adria Trail  has a distance 25km, and a duration 8 hours, with an ascent of 699 meters and descent of  623 meters.

This stage takes you through the wine growing area, with rolling hills, vineyards and orchids and old villages.

On top of the hill there is a church surrounding by the village houses. The route begins in Breg pri Golem Brdu, passes through villages Vrhovlje pri Kozbani, Fojana, Dobrovo to finish at Smartno.

Religious Monuments on the trail
Alpe Adria Trail, Slovenia
Dobrovo Castle

Dobrovo Castle was built in 17th   century in Renaissance style. It has a restaurant and a good stop for a coffee and a meal.  The route is long but not difficult. Arriving  at Smartno is worth a visit through the medieval village with its houses surrounding St. Martin Church

Alpe Adria Trail, Slovenia
Dobrovo

In conclusion, walking  the Alpe Adria trail is a track of superb variety of  natural views, from mountains to rolling hills, spectacular rivers and lakes and old medieval villages to historical sights of  First World War.  We enjoyed the trip very much and hopefully we can complete the whole Alpe Adria Trail in the future. The accommodation in Slovenia and the food was of very good. A special mention was the tourist farm  Breg in the small village of Golo Brdo where the food was excellent and very fresh, home made. 

The trail is in good condition but is not always well signed.  Also using GPS to record the track I notice that the GPS signal was lost especially in the alpine area. 

More information you can find at http://alpe-adria-trail.com

There is also an application Alpe Adria Trail which can be downloaded for free. 

Eagle On The Hill

Eagle On The Hill, a world away from city life, is easy accessible from South -Eastern freeway. To reach Eagle On The Hill take the next turn off after Glen Osmond exit.

The Eagle On The Hill was well known for its popular hotel and pub, which was built in 1853 by William Anderson.  The Eagle On The Hill hotel was named in 1860 after a large effigy of an eagle hawk placed in front of the hotel. The bushfires destroyed the pub on 2 occasions. During the infamous Ash Wednesday bushfires in 1983, the hotel was completely destroyed.

The Eagle On The Hill was rebuilt after Ash Wednesday bushfires, but had to surrender in 2005 following the construction of the South- Eastern freeway.

The Eagle On The Hill is now popular with mountain bikers. Hikers can also enjoy pleasant walks in the rugged bushland of Mount Lofty.

Eagle On The Hill walk description

Eagle On The Hill
Hiking on Cleland Conservation Park Trails.

The Eagle on the Hill hike is a loop walk which combines different trails around Cleland Conservation Park.

 You can park at the car park, just  few hundred meters away from the hotel.

Enter in Cleland Conservation Park via gate 14 and take Yurebilla Trail.

At the junction of Yurebilla trail with Chinaman’s track, turn right and start climbing on Chinaman track. Leave Chinaman’s track turning right on Gurra Track, then take Nangare Track which continues with Heysen Trail. From Heysen Trail, turn right on Reynolds drive which re enters Cleland Conservation Park to become Carro track. Continue to the second track junction and turn left on the Birree Track.  For a shorter version, continue on Birree track and take the Mireen track on your left, to return to gate 14 close to the Eagle On The Hill hotel.

Eagle On The Hill
Chinaman Track

Alternatively, for a longer hike, leave Birree track at the first junction and follow the Spa track. Spa track will reunite with Birree Track. From Birree track turn left on Mireen track to return to gate 14 on Eagle On The Hill.

The walk takes you rambling on different walking trails of Mount Lofty with long climbs and descends. The walk is rewarding you with distant vistas, native bushlands and tall eucalypts. On the gully, patches of daisies are enjoying the spring time.

Statistics

Eagle On The Hill
Rambling in Mount Lofty

Total distance of the loop walk was 12.15 km and it takes about 3 hours.

The route has a total ascent of 359.25 m and  a maximum elevation of 671.61 m. 

From km 0.71 there is a grade 3 climb of average 4.8 degree for 4.5 km.

Mount Hayfield

Mount Hayfield walk description

The walk takes you to sections of Second Valley Forest and Mount Hayfield.

Mount Hayfield
Second Valley Forest

The walk starts at Ingalalla Waterfall car park. It is a strenous walk, ondulating, following the track downhill and steeply uphill. The navigation is difficult without the map or GPS track as it is not marked and it has numerous tracks.

From the car park walk down the creek and head north along the the forest boundary. Soon after the start of the walk,  you climb two steep hills. At the top of the second hill you reach a small flat area. 

 Cross the fence  first on right of the track, onto the road the  turn left.  After passing the “Douglas “gate, cross the fence to the left of the gate.  After 2 km descend towards the culvert over Blackfellow Creek.  Crossing the culvert uphill onto the ridge, continue to west towards the pine forest. At a T junction, take the fire track on the left and after 50 m drop into the creek following the creek on the right bank.  Where the forest edge turns south follow the track uphill along the ridge. The logging of the forest changes the topography of the area. Following the track between pines and native forest on until creek is crossed with a small waterfall on the left. At gate 20 re-enter the forest, near Mount Hayfield Trig. At Mount Hayfield trig we notice a colony of ladybugs.

From Mount Hayfield trig turn right and follow fence along road. At gate 19 look for left fork, go left and folow the track downhill. Take the  right track , after 200 m turn right across the creek then turn left with the creek on left side. At the creek junction cross the creek and take the forest track right uphill. 

At top of the hill pass the track coming in from left side and continue 125 m to track on left heading south. Continue to forest boundary and follow the creek until reaching the car park.

The walk is described in the book PUSH THE BUSH from Friends of Heysen Trail and is walk number 10. Also in the book a detailed map is provided.  Alternatively, you can download the track from https://www.mapmywalk.com/

Walk statistics

Distance was 19.25 km

Time of the walk was 6 hours and 30 minutes including breaks.

Total ascent was 642 meters.

Track is ondulating . Has a climb of grade 4 difficulty at 0.5 km in route for a distace of 2.22 km with and average grade of 6. 2 % and 2 climbs of grade 5 difficulty. First at at 4.33 km for a distance of 2 km and average grade 5%. The second  at 7.96 km for a distance of 5.34 km with and avergae grade of 1.7%.

How to get to Ingalalla Waterfall car park

From Adelaide take Main South road to  Yankalilla and then follow the main road to Normanville. Turn sharp left, into Hay Flat road and proceed 10 km to Ingalalla Waterfall gate in forest on the right in car park. Hay Flat road is unpaved. 

Attractions on the way

Yankallila Bakery

Lilla’s Cafe at Yankallila

Smiling Samoyed Brewery at Myponga

Nan Hai Pu Tuo Temple, Buddhist Temple in Sellicks Hill wih the giant Buddha Statue

Pioneer Women’s Trail

Pioneer Women’s Trail is a historical trail from Hahndorf to Beaumont  House Adelaide. The trail honors the early German women settlers who walked from Hahndorf all the way to Adelaide to sell the produce  from their farm.

The women left Hahndorf at midnight with their baskets of vegetable and dairy products and walked along the bush trails and roads to Beaumont House. After selling the products, the women walked back with their new purchases and two  bricks each for building of their church. This regular trips to Adelaide lasted until 1850.

Yearly in May, walkers honour the historic trail. The walking  event is organised by Historical society of South Australia . The track  follows as close as possible the Pioneer Women’s Trail.

Starting at Hahndorf the trail follows the main road to exit the village , crosses the Onkaparinga River before joining the official trail at Verdun. The trail winds through Bridgewater, follows Cox Creek enters Mount George Conservation Park and detours to Stirling.

From Stirling, walkers follow the road to Crafers , then the trails  in Cleland Conservation Park to join Old Bullock track which descends to Beaumont House in Burnside.

The total distance is 26 km long

Verdun to Bridgewater is 3.4 km

Bridgewater to Stirling is 7.0 km

Stirling to Crafers is 1.5 km

Crafers to Measdays Lookout is 3.5 km

Measdays Lookout to Beaumont House is 7.0 km

The route has a total ascent of 473.56 m and has a maximum elevation of 595.44 m. Total time was 5 hours.

History along the trail

Hahndorf

In 1839 , the ship Zebra arrived in Port Adelaide with 38 Lutheran families. The ship’s  captain Dirk Meinertz Hahn was able to negotiate a parcel of land in the Adelaide Hills. The new settlement was named in his honour Hahndorf. Hahndorf is a popular tourist german town in South Australia where you can drink german beer and eat the classic sausages with saurkraut and potato.  At Hahndorf  you can wander on the main street, visiting  all the little shops, eat at German Arms Hotel or visit the Cedars.

The Cedars is the historic home of the landscape artist Sir Hans Heysen.

Bridgewater

At Bridgewater you can see the Bridgewater Mill a flour mill which was built in 1860 by John Dunn. Now the Bridgewater Mill is a restaurant.

Stirling

At Stirling you can stop along the trail for a coffee. Stirling is one the best places near Adelaide to admire the autumn colours. Woorabinda Bushland Reserve, is a peaceful place  worth a visit if you spend time in Stirling.

Beaumont House

Beaumont House was built for Bishop Augustus Short in 1849 the first Anglican Bishop of Adelaide. Sir Samuel Davenport the founder of the olive oil industry in South Australia was the second owner.Now the house is in the care of the National Trust of South Australia.

More information about the walk you can find : Walking SA www.walkingsa.org.au

 

 

 

 

 

Chatauqua Peak, Grampians

Chatauqua Peak

Chatauqua Peak,  Grampians is a highly recommended walk if you are in Halls Gap. The walk is not as crowded as the popular Pinnacle and you are rewarded with great views over the Halls Gap, Lake Bellfield and Wonderland Range.

This is a 6 km route in and takes about 2 hours to complete. The route has a total ascent of 177.67 m and has a maximum elevation of 396.5 m. The walk is of easy to medium difficulty , except a short section near the Chatauqua Peak which requires some scrambling over rocks and boulders. Do not attempt to reach the summit if wet and windy as there are no protective barriers or hand rails.

Chatauqua Peak takes the name from the American Chatauqua Movement. Chatauqua Movement was a popular adult education movement in late 19th and early 20th in rural America.

Walk description

Cross the suspension bridge at the northern end of the Halls Gap Caravan Park. Enter the Halls Gap Botanic Garden and follow the signs to Chatauqua Peak. The track climbs through stringy bark forest to Mt. Victory Road.

Chatauqua Peak, Grampians
The track to Chatauqua Peak

Cross the road and follow the track on the northern side, until you reach a junction. At the junction you have the option to go via Bullaces Glen which is a ferny glade at a base of a large rock. Either way, the track climbs steadily towards the ridge. Reaching another junction you have the option to track to the Chatauqua Peak. This section is more difficult as involve some rock scrambling. Reaching the peak, take your time and admire the views before returning to the junction taking the track to Halls Gap via Clematis Falls.

Chatauqua Peak, Grampians
View from Chatauqua Peak,

 

Chatauqua Peak, Grampians
Return to Halls Gap

This is a steady zig zag descent that takes you to Halls Gat Mt. Victory Road.

The Clematis Falls are mostly dry and can be only seen after heavy rain.

Chatauqua Peak, Grampians
Returning through the forest to Halls Gap

Bucegi Mountains, Omu Peak, Romania

Bucegi Mountains, Omu Peak

Bucegi Mountains, Omu Peak,  is a description of a hiking circuit from Busteni to Omu Peak. Omu Peak is the ninth highest mountain in Romania with an altitude of 2505 m.

Bucegi Mountains is the most accessible mountain in Romania. It has the shape of a horseshoe with the eastern side being very busy due to numerous resorts at the bottom of the mountains such as Sinaia, Predeal, Busteni.

The circuit starts from Busteni.

From Busteni take the cable car to Babele Chalet which is at 2200 m altitude. This will save some time in order to complete the circuit in one day. The Cable Car does not function if the weather is bad. Wait until is opened to see if is functioning, as many drivers want to take advantage and try to convince you that is closed and to change your plans at the car at heftier price. Unfortunately this still happens in busy touristic areas.

As you arrive by cable car at Babele you are basically on the Plateau.

Bucegi Mountains, Omu Peak, Romania
Western Panorama

On this area, the geology of the mountains is conglomerate and the weather elements  created interesting geological features such Babele and the Sphinx.

Bucegi Mountains, Omu Peak, Romania
Babele

Bucegi Mountains, Omu Peak, Romania
Sphinx

From the Sphinx follow the track marked with red cross to the Heroes Cross. It takes about 45 minutes.

Bucegi Mountains, Omu Peak, Romania

The Heroes Cross was built between 1926 and 1928 on Caraiman Peak. The Heroes Cross  is also known as “The Cross on Caraiman”. The monument was built by King Ferdinand I and Queen Marie of Edinburgh his wife, in the honour of railway heroes who died in the First World War. The Cross is the tallest summit cross in the world. The Cross has a height of 28 metres and two arms of 7 metres.  At night the Cross is illuminated and can be seen from far away.

From the Heroes Cross,  head towards Costila on the track marked red cross to the Saddle Saua Sugarilor. Take  the track marked yellow stripe to Omu Peak. At Omu Peak Hut you can have a cup a tea or coffee. From Omu Peak descent to Busteni, via  Cerbul Valley following  the track marked  yellow stripe.  It takes about 2.5 to 3 hours. The descent has some rocky parts at the beginning.  A beautiful mountain goat was watching us from a far.

The route without the cable car  has about 23.5 km.

The route has a total ascent of 742.28 m and has a maximum elevation of 2,478.34 m. The average speed was 3km/h . Time without the cable car about 8 hours.

The second map includes the trip with the cable car. The total time of the trip including  the trip with the cable car was 9 hours.

Balea Waterfall

Balea Waterfall or Cascada Balea is in Fagaras Mountains, Romania, also called the Alps of Transylvania.

Balea Waterfall is at 1234 m altitude and has a height of 60m. Access is via Transfagarasan highway to Balea Waterfall Chalet (Cabana Balea Cascada).

Balea Waterfall
Balea Waterfall Chalet, in the distance

 

The track is marked with a red dot and it takes 50 to 60 minutes to reach the waterfall.

The total distance is 3 km and took 1 hour 36 minutes return. The track has a total ascent of 297.48 m and has a maximum elevation of 1,561.75 m.

The scenery is beautiful but it’s shadowed by the amount of garbage left on the track. I could not understand the lack of respect for nature. As we hike along two women were throwing a big rock in the creek. I was told they want to break the rock to take a small piece home???

It will take years of education for people to enjoy nature as it is and leave “no trace”.

Transfagarasan is a famous road on its own which was built during seventies by military forces. It crosses the mountains from Transylvania to Muntenia and has numerous tunnels and viaducts. Top Gear Jeremy Clarkson named Transfagarasan on of the best world’s road. The road is opened between June and September.

Other walk  in Fagaras Mountains: https://aussietrailwalker.com/2017/10/fagaras-mountains-vinatoarea-lui-buteanu-peak

Dandenong Ranges National Park, Kokoda Track Memorial Walk

 

Dandenong Ranges National Park

Dandenong Mountain is the Melbourne’s Mountain. A brief escape from the city and popular with walkers and runners is Ferntree Gully Forest, about 35 km from Melbourne.

 Kokoda Track Memorial Walk

Kokoda Track Memorial Walk also known as 1000 steps. The walk is dedicated to Kokoda Veterans who fought in Papua New Guinea in the Second World War.

Dandenong Ranges National Park, Kokoda Track Memorial Walk
Kokoda Track Memorial Walk

It was created in 1900 and was adopted by Kokoda Veterans as a Memorial Site in 1998.
It starts at Ferntree Gully main car park near the Kokoda entrance arch. Follow the Treefern Gully Track also known as Kokoda Memorial walk.  Walk the steep section to the top and return via Lyrebird Track.

Along the track there are 14 plaques, which relate significant events that occurred on Kokoda Track in the second World War.

Dandenong Ranges National Park, Kokoda Track Memorial Walk
Memorial Plague 1000 steps

This is very popular as a fitness trail and is crowded over the weekend.

The walk has a distance of 3.34 km with  a total ascent of 179.16 m and has a maximum elevation of 389.88 m. It takes about 1 -1.5 hours.

 

 

 

Short walks in Wilsons Promontory, Victoria

 

Short walks in Wilsons Promontory, Victoria

Wilson Promontory is an ideal destination for bushwalking.

From overnight hikes  and numerous day walks of all fitness levels, you will be enchanted with natural coastline features, granite boulders, pristine beaches, and lush rainforests or Stringybark woodlands.

Wilson Promontory is the southernmost tip of Australian mainland. The stunning coastline, the marine park, numerous bushwalking trails  make a popular destination in Victoria.

From Melbourne is a 3 hour  drive. Take the South Gippsland Highway A440 and then Meeniyan- Promontory Road C444 to the Wilson Promontory entrance. From the entrance to Tidal River is 30 minutes drive. At Tidal River are a campground, visitor centre and general store.

The closest towns are Yanakie, Fish Creek and Foster.

Mount Oberon Summit Walk

Distance is 6.8 km

Time is 2 hours return

The walk starts at Telegraph Saddle car park.

The route has a total ascent of 332.27 m and has a maximum elevation of 540.58 m.

During peak periods in summer there is a free bus shuttle from Tidal River to Telegraph Saddle which runs every half an hour.

Mount Oberon offers a wonderful panorama over the Bass Strait.

Squeaky Beach Loop Walk

Distance is 8.6 km

Time is 3 hours

The walk starts at Lilly Pilly Gully car park.

The route has a total ascent of 225.98 m and has a maximum elevation of 144.93 m.

Cross the road and walk on Lilly Pilly Link Track.  At the bifurcation follow the left track of Tidal Overlook Circuit. The track follows the Tidal River and offers nice views of the Tidal River and Norman Beach.

Short walks in Wilsons Promontory, Victoria
Tidal River

 

Short walks in Wilsons Promontory, Victoria
Norman beach

Follow the track to the boulders of Pillar Point. From the Pillar Point backtrack to the bifurcation with Squeaky Beach Track. Turn left on the Squeaky Beach Track to reach the beautiful white Squeaky Beach.

Short walks in Wilsons Promontory, Victoria
Squeaky Beach in the distance

The name of Squeaky Beach is from the rounded grains of quartz that make a squeak noise when walked on. Take the time to cool off in the ocean and have a break. Return to the Lilly Pilly car park following the inland part of the Tidal Overlook Circuit.

You need to carry enough water for the day and have ample sun protection.

Mount Stapylton, Grampians National Park

Mount Stapylton Loop Walk

Start the walk from Stapylton campground.

Mount Stapylton, Grampians National Park

Walk through a scrubby bushland and soon after crossing the Pohlner Road arrive to a junction, where you take the right side of the track.

Mount Stapylton, Grampians National Park

Follow the track, climbing for almost 5 km, 300 meters from 254 to 454 meters altitude.

Mount Stapylton, Grampians National Park

 

Mount Stapylton, Grampians National ParkMount Stapylton, Grampians National ParkPassing a large cave, climb to a rocky point view on Mount Stapylton. After admiring the views, take the track towards Mount Zero Picnic Area. Turning left at the second junction with Mount Zero track, continue on Mount Stapylton loop walk, to return to the Mount Stapylton camp ground.

Mount Stapylton, Grampians National Park

The total distance of the loop was 12.5 km. The track is difficult, rated hard with rocky sections.

Can be slippery if wet. Total time taken was 5.45 hours.

For changes of the track conditions check Parks Victoria website at http://parkweb.vic.gov.au

Mount Stapylton Camp ground is 15 km south west of Western Highway on Olive Plantation Road.

Access is on unsealed road.

Closest towns are Halls Gap at 28.6 km and Horsham at 27.1 km.