• Length: 13.7km

  • Duration: 4-5hrs

  • Grade: 3

  • Style: One Way

  • Start: High Lead Carpark

  • End: Powelltown

  • Closest Town: Powelltown

  • Location: Yarra State Forest

  • Distance from state capital: 94km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -37.87887126

  • Longitude: 145.84945427


Another section of the very beautiful Walk into History Hike. As per other sections, the High Lead to Powelltown via Reids Tramline is a very beautiful walk through lush rain-forest and passes various historical points along the way. It is a hike that is well worth doing for the scenic value.

This starts at the High Lead carpark and follows the last Walk into History section to Powelltown. Whilst the official route is to walk the main street of Powelltown to the Reids Tramline car-park, a better option is to divert up and take the Reids Tramline. A far more enjoyable end to the hike.

The hike is quite a gentle hike with no large hills in it. There is a gradual uphill section along the Reids Tramline. But mostly follows the old tramlines, so inclines are very gentle.

Getting There

Make your way to Powelltown. The High Lead Car-park is approx 10.5km from Powelltown.


  • This hike can be taken either way, just make sure you have a vehicle at the end point to take you back to the start.
  • Signage is mostly good, but is missing at a few places. So make sure you have a good map and navigation skills.
  • Leeches can be a problem, so make sure you bring your favourite leech remedy/repellent.


Total distance: 13713 m
Max elevation: 379 m
Min elevation: 204 m
Total climbing: 345 m
Total descent: -463 m