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