Date of Walk: 28/03/2009
Length (km): 8 km
Time (hrs/min): 3 hours
Return / Circuit / One-Way / Partial Circuit: Circuit
Region: Western Victoria
Park: Brisbane Ranges National Park
Closest Town: Anakie
Ascent: approx. 170 m
Maximum Height: approx. 390 m
Further Details / Source(s): #20 in in Daywalks Around Melbourne (by Glenn Tempest – available in many bookstores) and #2 in ParkWeb Park Note: Brisbane Ranges National Park – Visitor Guide
Getting There: “The park is 80 km west of Melbourne via the Princes Highway. Turn onto the Ballan Road from Geelong or take the Western Freeway to Bacchus Marsh and follow the Geelong Road, turning off to Boar Gully.” (ParkWeb Park Note: Brisbane Ranges National Park – Visitor Guide)
The turn-off from Switch Road onto Ballan Road isn’t signed so check the Melways or Park Note map and look out for the other roads nearby. Follow Switch Road to the Stony Creek Picnic Area which is well signed.
Comments: This is a really interesting walk with different types of vegetation and tracks varying from nice wide 4WD tracks to steep rocky sections. This section of the park was subjected to bushfires in 2006 so the regeneration is well underway and as always, it’s very interesting to see the effects.
The track is marked by the blue triangles so keep an eye out for them. Despite the triangles, some parts of the track are still quite hard to follow but in most of these places someone has marked it out with logs and rocks. Make sure you watch where you’re going and check your map at junctions.
There are short detours to a couple of look-outs along the way which are both very worthwhile for the views (see photo). I expected the Anakie Gorge section (along Stony Creek) to be the nicest section of the walk but the creek was dry and the rest of the walk was so impressive that this part paled in comparison.
We spotted a couple of lizards and a couple of wallabies but suprisingly very little in the way of birdlife.
Revisited 14/01/2010: No changes to speak of – All tracks were still easy to follow due to the logs and rocks that someone has placed alongside. This time I had a close encounter with a yellow tufted honey eater but wasn’t lucky enough to get a photo of it unfortunately. I’ve replaced the photo of the view from Nelsons Lookout with a better one.
Part of the track
View from Nelsons Lookout