McMillians Walking Track Trail Hiking Australia
  • Length: 220km

  • Duration: 14 days

  • Grade: 4-5

  • Style: One Way

  • Start: Apline Road, Omeo

  • End: Woods Point

  • Closest Town: Omeo

  • Location: Eastern Victoria

  • Distance from state capital: 396km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -37.092713

  • Longitude: 147.385712

Trail Access

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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

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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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McMillians Walking Track is a 220km hiking trail commencing near Omeo, through the Gippsland High Country, to Woods Point in  Victoria. The hike should take approximately 14 days to complete.

Summary

The smaller brother of the Southern Alps Walking Track, the McMillans Track is a challenging hike along the southern edge of the Australian Alps. There is not much information available, and the trail itself might be difficult to find in places. So, you will need to be confident, self-reliant and have good navigation skills. The origin of the trail dates back to 1864, when Angus McMillan succeeded in connecting the coast to the goldfields. The original track has been restored by the Ben Cruachan Walking Club, the best place to find information.

History

In 1864, Angus McMillan led an expedition to cut a track through the high country of Victoria to link the goldfields together. It took about one year to cut an eight foot wide track that was suitable for pack horses. This was used for many years but as the goldfields declined and modern roads replaced the need for a pack horse trail, the track fell into obscurity and vanished under the scrub.

In 1983, the Ben Cruachan Walking Club began a project to discover and remark the original MacMillans Walking Track from Woods Point to Omeo. This small club based at Maffra (a town in Gippsland in eastern Victoria) was led by John Smith and took on a difficult task as the track had all but vanished. On such a project, probably the hardest job of all is getting official approval. By 1987 they had this and the track was remarked. In 1988 it was officially re-opened.

In places, the original track had been ‘improved’ to a road. Initially, the track follows these roads and it is intended that these sections will gradually be replaced by walking track to make it more interesting for bushwalkers. Where possible, the track follows McMillan’s original route.

Location

The track runs from the Alpine Road, 17 km from Omeo, which is a small town in a broad valley in the centre of the alpine region. and ends at Woods Point, a small town in the mountains east of Melbourne.

Access

The track crosses several major roads that cross the alpine region. The track does not pass through any towns and you can either carry all supplies or use one of the access roads to put in a food drop. The most useful roads for a re-supply point are the Jamieson-Licola Road, the Tamboritha Road (near Licola)

50 thoughts on “McMillians Walking Track (220km)

  1. Megan Vincent ..I was getting keen about this one. …then I read “the trail itself might be difficult to find in places. So, you will need to be confident, self-reliant and have good navigation skills “…I’ll keep practicing & add it to the ‘one day’ list!