Last Visited: 23/01/2010
Length (km): 10 km
Time (hrs/min): 3 hours
Return / Circuit / One-Way / Partial Circuit: Partial Circuit
Region: North-East Victoria
Park: Warby Range State Park
Closest Town: Glenrowan (10 km)
Maximum Elevation: approx. 507 m (according to MapMyHike.com)
Total Ascent: approx. 156 m (according to MapMyHike.com)
Further Details / Source(s): The Mount Glenrowan hike is mentioned in the ParkWeb Park Note: Warby Range State Park – Visitor Guide but when I saw Chick Hill on the map I thought it would be a good idea to include it as a short detour.
Car Access: Glenrowan is 235 km north-east of Melbourne on the Hume Highway. From the main street of Glenrowan, head north on the street that crosses the train tracks near the public toilets and turn right at the T-intersection (onto Old Hume Highway / Warby Range Road). Follow this until Taminick Gap Road and turn left. After a short time you will come to a gate on the left with a Parks Victoria sign stating distances to Mount Glenrowan and Chick Hill. You can either park next to the gate (making sure you don’t block access) or there is lots of room across the road.
Mount Glenrowan and Chick Hill – Warby Range State Park – Glenrowan – Victoria
Head up Ridge Track, which is sealed for the first 700 metres. After only a few minutes you’ll be treated to views over the (now decommissioned Lake Makoan) to the west. When you arrive at the fenced-off towers, you need to head to the right but you can walk a short distance to the left for nice views to the east (no big deal if you don’t because there are great views at several points along the track).
Continue along Ridge Track until you arrive at a big water tank. Ridge Track heads to the left of the tank but take the unmarked track to the right of the tank instead. At the end of this track, continue to the right along Ridge Track and ignore any intersections until you reach the summit. Explore the area around the summit for more amazing views.
The grass trees are a highlight
Retrace your steps back to where the unmarked track rejoined Ridge Track but don’t turn off onto the unmarked track. Continue instead along Ridge Track and then turn right onto Chick Hill Track and proceed to Chick Hill. At the end of the track, you need to head off-track to the left to actually treach the summit (there are signs indicating this).
Return to the start of Chick Hill Track and turn right to follow Ridge Track back to the water tank. Retrace your steps from here to the car.
All tracks are management vehicle tracks (apart from the very short final section to the summit of Chick Hill which isn’t really a track at all) so despite a couple of steep bits, this is easy walking. The views are the definite highlight of the walk but there were lots of lizards, butterflies and birds (kookaburras, magpies and other types I’m not familiar with).
Every turn brings more views
Roughly 700 metres from the summit of Mount Glenrowan, there was a big yellow sign stating “HIGH RISK FIRE ENVIRONMENT – Risk of entrapment! – INCIDENT CONTROLLER approval required to enter”. Prior to my visit I had researched this hike and found no mention of this anywhere on the internet, books, maps, etc. and by this stage I had already hiked 3.5 km in 35 degree heat so there was no way I was turning back. However, if you’re reading this you do have adequate warning so my suggestion is that you make some calls to check it out.
- Friends Track is the only other walk I’ve done within the Warby Range State Park. The forest there is quite different to the area around Mount Glenrowan.
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