Last Visited: 06/12/2008
Length (km): approx. 1.1 km (according to MapMyHike.com)
Time (hrs/min): 20 mins
Return / Circuit / One-Way / Partial Circuit: Partial Circuit
Park: Middle Gorge Park
Closest Town: South Morang
Maximum Elevation: approx. 146 m (according to MapMyHike.com)
Total Ascent: approx. 50 m (according to MapMyHike.com)
Car Access: Access is via. Plenty Road. Turn right on Gorge Road. Then turn right into the carpark with a sign saying “Middle Gorge Park” (it should be the carpark at the top of the hill, if you are next to the river, then you’re in the wrong carpark).
I initially tried to get to the circuit via the carpark next to the river. The track is shown on the ParkWeb Park Note but it is marked as being on “City of Whittlesea land”. Anyway I followed the track alongside the river for a few hundred metres as it became narrower and more overgrown, until it finally became unpassable due to blackberries (at least as far as I could tell). At this point I turned back and moved my car to the carpark at the top of the hill. I don’t recommend trying the river track, though it did make this walk more exciting as there wasn’t much to it in the end.
Once in the correct carpark, I eventually found the track that starts close to the road. I followed the unkept, overgrown stairs down and began the circuit. It was over before I knew it and wasn’t really all that interesting to be honest. If I lived really close, I’m sure I’d use the track regularly for fitness but otherwise it’s not good enough for me to recommend visiting.
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