Walk Into History (51.2km)




2-3 days

Grade 4

One Way

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Route and GPX file

Trail Features


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0 Reviews on “Walk Into History (51.2km)”

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  • I did this as an overnight hike in June/July 2020. This was the wettest hike i’ve done, it rained both days and all night. In terms of the track condition, and noting that it may have changed since I did it, I wouldnt entirely agree with Darren/Lachie above, we didn’t have any issue with trees down blocking the track (other than one large one along the Yarra Junction-Noojee Road section), also didn’t see an issue with the numerous bridges – these were all in quite good condition and sure, you need to watch your step, but I thought they were quite good – definitely beats a river crossing!

    We started at Big Pats creek and went all the way to Powelltown, camping at Federal Mill. After constant rain water was reasonably easy to come by, but you will need to filter it as the streams were all fall of mud and plant matter. Federal Mill campground is very enclosed and there is space for about 8-12 small tents. There are leeches at this camp ground. The High Lead descent – as other people have noted – is no joke, its directly down at about a 30-35 degree gradient, muddy as hell, we all fell on our arses multiple times, so be prepared for this section! We parked the car at Powelltown and did the last 9km stretch along Yarra Junction Noojee road – this section could easily be cut out if you parked a car at the section where the trail intersects the road. You wouldn’t miss much at all by doing it this way as the stretch by the road was the least pretty, you cross the road often and hear the road noise the whole time.

  • Has anyone done that track recently? I’m planning on doing it next week with dogs and I’d like to find track updates (eg do I need to pack a machete? is there water at campsites?)

  • Completed this trail in full recently, absolutely stunning – thought I’d share some thoughts I would’ve liked prior to setting out.

    Warburton section is quite nice, there is an option to wade through the Yarra. BPC to Starlings is a gentle gradient. We did the hike on some very hot days and only bumped into one tiger. There is no water at any of the campsites. At Starlings gap, 300m down the track towards the crossing there is a creek the flows through the path that can be collected for filtering – very clear cold water. At the Ada camps there are rivers that flow nearby both that are quite easy to find. High lead is steep however we met a lot of people who were purposely avoiding this section and so losing a lot of the full experience. I would definitely say that with a paid of good boots and poles high lead is definitely not worth avoiding / missing out other sections over. Just past high lead, right before it spits you out onto the Yarra Junction – Noojee Road, there is a fork – one path continues forward and another bears left (south). The one forward seems logical however will only result in a painful thicket of blackberry bush. Take the left turn. One you exit here, you actually have to venture down the pioneer fireline a little before again picking up the signs for walk into history – this would be easy to get wrong I would imagine.

    All in all, a really pretty hike, the history is great as is the towering mountain ash, and the Ada Tree sections Myrtle and Beech rainforest.

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