The Burchell Trail (35km)

Brisbane Ranges National Park



3 days

Grade 3

One Way

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  • There was water at Little River Campground 20/5/2018

  • Completed this hike South to North over 3 days. Lost the orange triangle markers on the first day but found our way back.
    Very accessible from Melbourne and easy if you can only do part of the walk. There is a short trail back from Old Mills to Fridays campground if you need (~30-40min), and you can also park your car at Little River Campground.

    Lovely campsites. There was no water left in the tank at Little River but we were able to fill up in the creek at the campsite. You could also drop water.

  • Warren

    My very first overnight hike was Day 1 of this trail. Nice scenery, but nothing special. A few challenging hills for someone carrying camp for the first time, but it was comfortable. The camp, Old Mill, is sheltered, pretty and has fallen wood easy to carry to the fire. Given this was our first trial at trekking, morning brought an easy 2km walk back to the car via the roads. I will do this again and I will do the whole trail 🙂

  • Three adults, four kids 10 – 12 yrs old, our first overnight hike, we had a ball.
    We made a water drop at Gellong – Ballan Rd off of the trail as we did the shuttle for a car at each end of the trail.
    Whilst there was water at both camp grounds in the tanks it was great to know we had two 10 litre bladders waiting for us at the halfway mark.

    1. Paul

      Two fellow hikers and I completed this trail – end to end, south to north – over the weekend. We did the old ‘a car at each end’ trick so we could do the entire trail. It is an amazing walk given its proximity to the city of Melbourne. Very challenging descents, especially the shale-strewn hillsides on the Little River campground to Boar Gully campground section. The bush is lovely and absolutely chockers with fauna – roos, wallabies and an abundance of birds (and a bonus rather fast-moving red-bellied black snake in one of the creeks). One highlight was the joy of seeing an echidna on the second day. Really neat and quiet camp sites in sheltered gorges. Note: water was not available at the campsites (contrary to what the Parks Victoria map indicates). We filtered water out of the of the creek a few hundred metres from the Little River camp ground (I suspect you could do the same at the Stony CVreek camp ground).

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