• Length: 8.7km

  • Duration: 4hrs

  • Grade: 4

  • Style: Return

  • Start: Neds Gully Camping Ground

  • End: Neds Gully Camping Ground

  • Location: Cathedral Range State Park

  • Closest Town: Taggerty

  • Distance from CBD: 117km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -37.35551359

  • Longitude: 145.7535469

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Cathedral Range - Little and Cathedral Peaks is a 8.7km, grade 4 return hike, located in Cathedral Range State Park, Victoria. The hike should take approximately 4hrs to complete.

Hike Summary

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.

About the region

The jagged ridges of the Cathedral Range offer spectacular views and some of the best hiking in the state. Take a gentle walk along the Friends Nature Trail or prepare to tackle the rugged and challenging Razorback Trail or circuit routes. Either way you won't forget the awesome views. The Cathedral Range is a spectacular seven kilometre ridge of sharply upturned sedimentary rock.

A variety of walking tracks ranging in difficulty from easy to challenging offer the opportunity to explore the park’s main features and climb the peaks to enjoy views of the forests and farmland in the valley below. Rock climbing, fishing and camping are other popular activities that can be enjoyed in this park. Advance bookings and payment for camping are required year round.

Getting there

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.

GPX File

Total distance: 8681 m
Max elevation: 830 m
Min elevation: 313 m
Total climbing: 693 m
Total descent: -693 m
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40 thoughts on “Cathedral Range – Little and Cathedral Peaks (8.7km)

    1. Would love to do it Liz, lets sort out a date soon. Going to try pick up some new boots this week, hopefully Kathmandu still have summit club sale.

  1. Cathedral ranges is a wonderful place, however want to send out a word of caution as at the moment the area is experiencing large numbers of horse (march) flies. Their bite packs a punch and then itches for weeks on end. Stay safe out there.

    1. They seem to be everywhere at present. I haven’t done a hike in the past few months where we haven’t been followed and attacked by them all day

  2. This a great walk with fabulous views. Found Cathedral Peak Track a little challenging in the wet! There was plenty of bum sliding, thank goodness for the trees to grab hold of ?

  3. Hi Jo, I am looking at this hike to do next weekend with a group, but one couple in the gorup will have a baby in a back/front pack, do you think the track would be suitable for them? Thanks

    1. Hi Jacob. Not sure who Jo is but I’ll reply. There are a few steep sections and the terrain is rough and even in places too with a bit of rock scrambling required. Personally I wouldn’t take kids that age but if they are confident I guess it is like carrying a backpack.

    1. Lyn Edwards it is. I did the whole northern circuit last year but not real keen to do the ridge again. I’m thinking this might be an option where I wouldn’t have to! ?

    2. Andrea Bayliss this is just a shorter variation that takes in both peaks. I doesn’t follow the main ridge of the southern circuit at all.

  4. The route is as described, although as of October 2020 the top portion of the route (from Ned’s Saddle and upwards) is very overgrown with many downed trees. Lots of the additional growth is quite scratchy, so bring a long sleeved shirt or jacket if you can.

    Until this is tidied up, allow yourself additional time beyond the 4 hours (30-60 minutes) for bush-bashing and general clambering over, under and around fallen trees and through growth.

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