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This Bunyip State Park Southern Circuit hike commences at the Mortimer Picnic Ground just outside of Gembrook. The circuit does not follow a dedicated trail but follows a series of tracks and roads.
From the picnic ground, cross Genbrook Tonimbuk Road and head south along the Yarra Bubba Track. After approximately 2km turn left on to Sand Pit Ridge Road and follow it along its length (2.3km) to Pooley Road. Turn left at Tynong Road and walk a short distance to the junction of Avards Track. Continue along Avards Track to the junction of Luptons Track. Turn right at this point and walk approximately 200m before turning left onto Guide Track. Continue along this track to the junction of Camp Road, turning right, then left at the junction of Gembrook Tonimbuk Road. After approximately 1km you will reach the junction of Link Road. Turn right at this point and after approximately 200m locate the start of the Silvertop Ridge Track and find the start of the Ferres Walking Trail approximately 350m on your left. Continue along this trail back to the Mortimer Picnic Ground.
About the region
Bunyip State Park is part of an Aboriginal cultural landscape. Parks Victoria respects the deep and continuing connection that Traditional Owners have to these lands and waters, and we recognise their ongoing role in caring for Country. Bunyip State Park is one of the few places in Victoria where our state floral emblem, the Common Heath, and state fauna emblem, the Leadbeater’s Possum, along with our state avian emblem, the Helmeted Honeyeater, can all be found.
Drive to Belgrave along the Burwood Highway and continue a further 24km to Gembrook. Drive through town (towards Beenak East) and along the unsealed Gembrook-Tonimbuk Road for 7km to Mortimer Picnic Ground on the left.
This is a moderate hike with a few short ascents and descents. Some of the trail follows maintenance tracks and roads so keep an eye out on these sections for vehicle traffic.
Max elevation: 324 m
Min elevation: 122 m
Total climbing: 480 m
Total descent: -480 m