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This hike takes you mostly around the outside of the Scouts' Clifford Park and near the Yarra. Some steep hills and pretty remote for something so close to Melbourne.
About the region
The closest State Park to Melbourne, Warrandyte is a haven for picnickers, bushwalkers, canoeists, birdwatchers and those who enjoy peace and solitude. Its lightly wooded landscape is dominated by the Yarra River as it winds through the Warrandyte Gorge. There's a good chance of seeing koalas in the trees at Pound Bend Reserve, while kangaroos and other wildlife are not uncommon in sections of the park.
The park is 24km north-east of Melbourne. Access is mainly via three sealed roads: Warrandyte Road, Research-Warrandyte Road and Ringwood-Warrandyte Road (Melways pages 23 & 24).
Start at Wittons Reserve at the end of Reserve Road in Wonga Park. Head roughly west until you find the cross road and head up the steep hill.
- The first climb can be slippery when wet.
- Combine with the Mount Lofty circuit for an 8 km walk.
Contributed by Rob Collins
Max elevation: 128 m
Min elevation: 58 m
Total climbing: 151 m
Total descent: -153 m