• Length: 9.5km

  • Duration: 5hrs

  • Grade: 4

  • Style: Circuit

  • Start: Steiglitz Court House

  • End: Steiglitz Court House

  • Location: Brisbane Ranges National Park

  • Closest Town: Steiglitz

  • Distance from CBD: 92km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -37.87756893

  • Longitude: 144.17518627

Keep the Trail Access info current...

Click Edit to Modify

Select items to indicate conditions for access to the trail.

2WD Access

4WD Access

Public Transport

Bitumen Road

Gravel Road

Steep Road

Winding Road

Speed Bumps

Vehicle Ford

Entry Fee

Large Car Park

Small Car Park

Accessible Parking

Accessible Toilet

Public Toilets

Drinking Water

Untreated Water

Picnic Shelter

Picnic Table

BBQ Facilities

Campfire Pit

Camping Area

Keep the Trail Features current...

Mountain Bike Trail
Historic Lighthouse
Waterfalls & Lakes

Select items to indicate features found along the trail.

Concrete Path

Timber Boardwalk

Gravel Path

Sandy Trail

Rough Trail

Undefined Trail

Prams & Strollers

Manual Wheelchair

Motorised Wheelchair

Bicycle Trail

Mountain Bike Trail

Historic Rail Trail

Dog Friendly

Urban Walk

Coast & Beach

Historic Lighthouse

Waterfalls & Lakes

Rainforest Walk

Goldfields & Mining

Heritage Walk

Aboriginal Art

Alpine Region

Alpine Huts

Exposed Ledges

Rock Scrambling

Steep Terrain

Bush Bashing

River Crossings

Scenic Viewpoints

Well Marked

Drinking Water

Untreated Water

Fishing Spots

Swimming Spots

Overnight Campsites

Trail Running

Horse Riding


Beards Gully and Deadman’s Loop is a 9.5km, grade 4 circuit hike located in Brisbane Ranges National Park, Victoria. The hike should take approximately 5hrs to complete.


Situated in one of the lesser known corners of the Brisbane Ranges, the Beards Gully and Deadman’s Loop follows Southerland Creek, just south wets of the historic ghost town of Steiglitz.

Expect hard off-track walking, steep climbs and dangerous mine shaft areas. Walk down Sailors Track and turn north on reaching Sutherlands Creek. Look for signs of early gold mining. Watch your step! Old mine shafts and uncovered holes are often hidden by long grass along the edge of the creek. Follow the creek north, rock hopping along the creek where possible.

Upstream you may see quartz in the creek bed. After walking about two hours, look for interesting rock formations on the left side of the creek, north of Miners Track.

About the Region

Situated between Geelong and Ballarat, Steiglitz is almost a ghost town today but in the 1860s and 1890s it was a busy goldmining township with hotels, shops, churches and a population of over 1000. At the height of the 1860s gold rush, Steiglitz township had more than 1500 residents, four hotels, a newspaper, a variety of shops and even an undertaker.

Now most of the town and its surroundings are included in the Steiglitz Historic Park. Enjoy a pleasant bush walk relax with a picnic or pan for gold. Of course, a trip to the park wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Steiglitz Court House, with its display of photographs, maps and relics of the gold years. The court house is open on Sunday and public holidays, and at other times by arrangement.

Suggested items to pack

Day Pack with Picnic Lunch

Total distance: 9485 m
Max elevation: 267 m
Min elevation: 162 m
Total climbing: 313 m
Total descent: -336 m
Download GPX File

You need to be registered and logged in to download GPX Files. If you aren't you will automatically be redirected to the registration/login screen before being returned to this page to download the file. By downloading any GPX files from this site you agree its use, and reliance upon, is entirely at your own risk. I will endeavour to ensure the accuracy and currency of the data, but accept no responsibility in this regard, or the results of any actions taken, when using the digital route files.

Wilderness Wear

Hikes Nearby

Most Popular Hikes

13 thoughts on “Beards Gully and Deadman’s Loop (9.5km)

  1. 2 of us (who r locals) completed this walk 25.8.20. It was quite difficult as Sutherlands Creek was fairly full. We had to climb a couple of steep walls and walk around some high ridges at times to keep going forward. Definitely for experienced walkers. Probably easier when the creek is drier.

Leave a Reply