Last Visited: 21/02/2009
Length (km): 4.6 km
Time (hrs/min): 2 hours
Return / Circuit / One-Way / Partial Circuit: Circuit
Region: North-East Victoria
Park: Warby Range State Park
Closest Town: Wangaratta (10 km)
Maximum Elevation: 480 m
Car Access: “Warby Range State Park is 240km north east of Melbourne, 10km west of Wangaratta best accessed from Wangaratta via Wangandary and Yarrawonga Roads.” (from ParkWeb Park Note: Warby Range State Park – Visitor Guide). The walk starts from Wenhams Camp which is on Booth Road (via Gerrett Road, Wangaratta Road and Wangadary Road). All roads are well signed. If unsure, you could gain help from the Visitor Information Centre at 100 Murphy Street (the old Hume Highway), Wangaratta.
I grew up in Wangaratta but I don’t think I ever bushwalked when I was young so it was fantastic to get out and see the park so many years later. I was quite suprised at how dry the area was and to find that the type of bush here was so different from everywhere else I’ve been.
Park at Wenhams Camp (toilet facilities are available) and walk back to the gate at the bend in the road (which you passed on the way in to the camp). The Friends of the Warbies Arboretum can be used as an alternative to walking back up the road but we didn’t discover this until it was too late. To walk through the Arboretum, enter through the gate to the fenced off area at Wenhams Camp.
At the bend in the road (or the other end of the Arboretum) there is a sign for Friends Track. Follow this and you’ll soon find yourself at the summit of Mount Warby (480 m). There is a track intersection here with Salisbury Walk but all the tracks are all clearly signed.
The next track intersection is Peregrine Track, where you can take a 1 km return detour (to the north-east) to Kwat Kwat Lookout. We decided against this since we had already taken a long time to get this far. I’ll definitely check it out on my next visit. The remainder of the walk is very easy to navigate and well signed. Where there are unofficial looking tracks, stick to the main track and you’ll be fine.
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