• Length: 3.5km

  • Duration: 1hrs

  • Grade: 3

  • Style: Circuit

  • Start: Lower Homestead Rd

  • End: Lower Homestead Rd

  • Closest Town: Wonga Park

  • Location: Warrandyte State Park

  • Distance from state capital: 40km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -37.702688695898

  • Longitude: 145.29338965206

Trail Access

Bitumen Road
Easy Access
2WD Vehicle
Picnic Table

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Bitumen Road

Gravel Road

Easy Access

Steep Road

Winding Road

Vehicle Ford

Speed Bumps

2WD Vehicle

4WD Vehicle

Entry Fee

Ample Parking

Accessible Parking

Wheelchair Toilet

Toilet Facilities

Camping Available

Drinking Water

Picnic Shelter

Picnic Table

BBQ Facilities

Fire Pit

Trail Features

Gravel Path
Trail Markers
Fishing Spots

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Concrete Path

Timber Boardwalk

Gravel Path

Sandy Trail

Rough Trail

No Defined Trail

Manual Wheelchair

Motorised Wheelchair

Prams and Strollers

Bike Friendly

Overnight Campsites

River Crossings

Rock Scrambling

Bush Bashing

Exposed Ledges

Trail Markers

Drinking Water

Fishing Spots

Swimming Spots

Dog Friendly

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The Homestead and Mt Lofty Circuit is a 3.5km, grade 3 hike located in the Warrandyte State Park, Victoria. The hike should take approximately 1hr to complete.


Located in Wonga Park, Mount Lofty features spectacular views of the river and surrounding mountain ranges. This rough track follows the Yarra River past the Bend of Isles, up over Mt Lofty and back to the carpark. The last section is a steep downhill on a barely visible track that begins just after the information shelter. Birdlife, riverside environment, bush tracks, exposed ridgeline and magnificent views are just some of the treats that await you – all to the gentle sound of the Yarra River.

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.

Getting There

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). Park at the end of Lower Homestead Rd, Wonga Park. Watch out for Kangaroos, they are everywhere. The track begins from the carpark.


  • At times, the track is hard to find, but keep the river on your right (for an anti-clockwise circuit) and you can’t go wrong.

Contributed by Rob Collins

Total distance: 3353 m
Max elevation: 131 m
Min elevation: 61 m
Total climbing: 86 m
Total descent: -83 m