• Length: 16km

  • Duration: 4.5hrs

  • Grade: 3

  • Style: Circuit

  • Start: Mortimer Picnic Ground

  • End: Mortimer Picnic Ground

  • Location: Bunyip State Park

  • Closest Town: Gembrook

  • Distance from CBD: 72km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -37.9836283

  • Longitude: 145.5959087

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Bunyip State Park Southern Circuit is a 16km, grade 3 circuit hike, located in Bunyip State Park, Victoria. The hike should take approximately 4.5hrs to complete.

Hike Summary

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.

Getting there

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.

GPX File

Total distance: 16047 m
Max elevation: 324 m
Min elevation: 122 m
Total climbing: 480 m
Total descent: -480 m
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11 thoughts on “Bunyip State Park Southern Circuit (16km)

  1. The description and the course map (.gpx) do not quite match up on this one. Whilst its not a major issue it should be noted that the section where it says walk 200m a then fin the start of the Ferres track. It’s actually the Silvertop Ridge Track after 200m. This quickly meets with the Ferres Track however. You can walk past the start of the Silvertop Ridge Track and find the start of the Ferres Track after about 350m. Either way works fine.

  2. Hi folks, i think this is on an ‘auto’ rolling program, yes, it is very poor timing that the sequence has brought up Bunyip. Trail Hiking is a volunteer service just providing information. Irrespective of the timing, we’d all do our prep and check conditions at the time before setting off on any hike. I’m sure Darren (who does live in Vic) was not physically posting this, he would not have known when the auto rolling sequence brought up a particular hike.

  3. Lets give Trail Hiking Australia a break (or at least the benefit of doubt)! Posting this is not telling people to go on this straight away, it’s saying under normal circumstances this is a hike and these are the details. Trail Hiking Australia is a free and extremely valuable service and would be relying on the commonsense of the readers/hikers to understand. Congratulations to those whose responses have recognised this and responded appropriately. Thanks for your ongoing valuable service Trail Hiking Australia

  4. I can understand the concern… But seriously, anyone that takes note of the posts on this page should be able to understand that it is just coincidental bad timing that the scheduled post was released today.

    It isn’t the first time that a hike has been posted when there is a fire near a hike. Because Bunyip has been in the media so much, that is why it’s been noticed…

  5. Hi,
    I’m looking at doing this one soon but also looking to make it an overnighter.

    Is there a place somewhere around the halfway mark (just roughly) where one might pitch a tent (especially near a stream or other water source)?

    Any info would be much appreciated.

    1. Hi Chris, your could possibly camp at the lake along the Buttongrass Nature Walk. It is approximately 10km from the start (if you travel anti-clockwise). There is also the Old Tyonong Camp which is about 500m past the lake. this is a clearing on a broad ridge.

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