Grade 4

The Burchell Trail Hike (35km)

Brisbane Ranges National Park



2-3 days

Grade 4

One Way





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Track Grade

Grade 4 (Hard) - Challenging Walks for Experienced Walkers: Grade 4 on the AWTGS signifies challenging walking tracks. Bushwalking experience is recommended for these tracks, which may be long, rough, and very steep. Directional signage may be limited, requiring a good sense of navigation. These walks are suited for experienced walkers who are comfortable with steeper inclines, rougher terrain, and potentially longer distances.

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The Burchell Trail Hike (35km)

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The Burchell Trail Hike (35km)

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Explore Safe

While planning your hike, it’s important to check official government sources for updated information, temporary closures and trail access requirements. Before hitting the trail, check local weather and bushfire advice for planned burns and bushfire warnings and let someone know before you go. Plan ahead and hike safely.

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Adventure with peace of mind: Fill out your trip intentions form. Before you hit the trail, fill out an online form to privately send important details about your hike to your family or friends. If you don’t return on time, they can easily alert emergency services, preventing worry and ensuring a swift response. Hike with peace of mind and enjoy your outdoor adventure to the fullest. Be smart, be safe: Register your plans here.

Gear to consider

What you carry in your pack will depend on the weather, terrain, time of year, type of adventure, and personal preferences. Having trouble deciding what gear’s right for you? My free planning, food and packing checklists provide an introduction to things your could consider (as well as the Ten Essentials) on your day, overnight and multi-day adventures. Customise your kit according to your personal needs, always considering safety first. 

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The Burchell Trail Hike (35km)

3 Reviews on “The Burchell Trail Hike (35km)”

Overall rating
  • 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.

  • Avatar of Warren 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 🙂

    1. Reminder: collecting firewood is not permitted in a National Park.

  • 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.

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Acknowledgement of Country

The Burchell Trail Walk

Trail Hiking Australia acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the lands on which we hike and pay respects to their Elders, past and present, and we acknowledge the First Nations people of other communities who may be here today.