The Cathedral Range is a spectacular area that should be on any Melbourne hikers to do list. This Little and Cathedral Peaks hike takes in the Northern part of the Range and has some truly spectacular views. Starting at Neds Gully Campground car park, cross the road then take the marked trail over the bridge. Shortly you will see a junction to Neds Gully Track the right. Initially the track is gentle but shortly becomes steep. Eventually you will come to Neds Saddle. At the junction take the trail to head up to Neds Peak, admire the view and head back to Neds Saddle.
Back at the saddle take the marked trail to Little Cathedral. This follows the side of the Range and gradually rises. You will come to a junction where the trail goes to Cathedral peak to the left. Disregard this turnoff for now and continue to Little Cathedral. Once you have admired the views, retrace your steps back to the junction to take Ridge Track up to Cathedral Peak. This part has a lot of rock scrambling, and care should be taken to keep a look out for trail markers. You will soon reach the main ridgeline and the Peak. From here the trail follows the ridge, but also drops down off the ridge at a few points.
Before long you will descend to another saddle, where the trail continues straight ahead, or drops down to your left. Take the left down Cathedral Peak Track. This drops very steeply and you should take care. Nearing Neds Saddle the trail eases off. Once you reach Neds Saddle then follow the trail back down to Neds Gully Carpark.
Cathedral Range State Park is ~ 2 hrs 15 min (153km) from Melbourne CBD. From the Eastern Freeway, take Ringwood Bypass to Maroondah Highway. Pass through Healesville, Narbethong and Buxton. Approximately 9.5km past Buxton, turn right onto Cathedral Lane. Follow this for ~ 2.7 km; turn right onto Little River Rd (dirt road). Meet at the carpark on your left.
- Hiking poles will be very useful for this.
- Remember your camera.
Max elevation: 830 m
Min elevation: 313 m
Total climbing: 693 m
Total descent: -693 m