Last Visited: 09/07/2010
Length (km’s): approx. 5.5 km’s (according to MapMyHike.com)
Time (hrs/min): 1 hour 30 mins
Return / Circuit / One-Way / Partial Circuit: Partial Circuit
Park: Warrandyte State Park
Closest Town: Wonga Park (4 km’s)
Maximum Elevation: approx. 122 m (according to MapMyHike.com)
Total Ascent: approx. 62 m (according to MapMyHike.com)
Car Access: The walk begins from the end of Reserve Road, Wonga Park. Reserve Road is reached via Homestead Road and Jumping Creek Road (east of Warrandyte).
Mount Lofty features some of the nicest views in Warrandyte State Park. This 5.5 kilometer walk is the perfect way to take in the summit and surrounding area, without getting the heart pumping too much or taking up too much time. There are several spots along the banks of the Yarra River (just off the track) that would be perfect for a picnic. This would be a good spot for a family outing.
The vegetation on Mount Lofty’s west side (where the first half of the walk takes you) is incredibly well preserved, especially considering that the area was only added to the park in 1997. The eastern section makes for a good comparison but to look at the positives, this is what allows for the views.
The walk begins at the point where the Yarra River meets Brushy Creek, which is said to be the birth-place of a Wurundjeri elder called William Barak. Start by crossing the foot-bridge (over the creek) at the north end of the carpark. Warrandyte State Park officially begins on the other side of the bridge and a well defined gravel walking track will lead you along the Yarra from here.
Make sure you check out any tracks off to the left, for views of the river and some interesting rocky outcrops on the opposite river-bank. After a couple of km’s the walking track becomes a management vehicle track and soon turns sharply to the right. The summit of Mount Lofty is reached quickly but you’ll find yourself stopping to check out the views all the way up. Turn right at the information shelter, ignore the vehicle track (signed as “Water Point”) off to the right and continue down the spur to meet the original gravel walking track. Turn left to cross the foot-bridge to your car.
Have you visited Mount Lofty? If you have any stories, updates or corrections, please let us know by commenting below.