• Length: 7.2km

  • Duration: 5hrs

  • Grade: 4

  • Style: Circuit

  • Start: Barnes Lookout

  • End: Barnes Lookout

  • Location: Baw Baw National Park

  • Closest Town: Moe

  • Distance from CBD: 196km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -37.872744

  • Longitude: 146.434257

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Aberfeldy River is a 7.2km, grade 4 circuit hike, located in Baw Baw National Park, Victoria. The hike should take approximately 5hrs to complete.

Hike Summary

The Aberfeldy River hike is an adventurous off-trail hike that commences at Barnes Lookout on the Walhalla Road, approximately 9km north of Walhalla. From Barnes Lookout  head directly west to the top of a nearby knoll. Locate a broad spur to the south west and follow this long it length to the Aberfeldy River. Note that the spur narrows as you approach the river.  On reaching the river, turn north and follow the river bank (or wade along the river) upstream.

After approximately 2km you will arrive at a tunnel that is a seldom visited site in this region. Continue upstream along the river for a further 2km, keeping to the right bank where possible, until reaching an old fire break on a south facing spur. Follow this spur to the top of a broad knoll before turning south west along the ridge line and another spur back to Barnes Lookout. Heading directly east from this knoll will return you to the trail head.

About the region

The Baw Baw National Park is a national park located on the boundaries between the Central Highlands and Gippsland regions of Victoria, Australia. The 13,530-hectare national park is situated approximately 120 kilometres east of Melbourne and 50 kilometres north of the Latrobe Valley.

Getting there

From Melbourne, take the Monash and Princes freeways to the town of Moe, 130 km East of Melbourne. Take the Moe exit from the Princes Freeway and follow the signs to Erica/Rawson/Walhalla. From Walhalla drive north along the Walhalla Road for approximately 9km until you reach Barnes Lookout to start the walk, 21km from Rawson.


This is an adventurous off-trail hike. Expect to get wet along the river unless you are able to remain on the banks for the duration. Hiking poles, a towel and a change of clothing will be an advantage.

GPX File

Total distance: 7266 m
Max elevation: 628 m
Min elevation: 298 m
Total climbing: 484 m
Total descent: -486 m
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One thought on “Aberfeldy River (7.2km)

  1. The river section and tunnel on this hike are beautiful, but other then that this hike is far to over grown and steep, getting in and out is fairly intense and i wouldn’t recommend it at all.

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