melville-cave
  • Length: 6.6km

  • Duration: 2hrs

  • Grade: 3

  • Style: Circuit

  • Start: Melville Caves Picnic Area

  • End: Melville Caves Picnic Area

  • Closest Town: Inglewood

  • Location: Kooyoora State Park

  • Distance from state capital: 202km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -36.601753

  • Longitude: 143.693160

The Area

Kooyoora State Park, with magnificent views and a rich variety of plants and wildlife, protects some of north‐central Victoria’s outstanding natural features. The park is ideal for many outdoor recreation activities from picnics to sightseeing, rock climbing, orienteering and nature study.

Start/End

Melville Caves Picnic Area.

Long Rock Walking Track – 6.6km circuit

Start from from the picnic area head to the Southern Lookout, then backtrack 200m to rejoin the track heading north. Walk in a clockwise direction to McLeod’s Lookout with magnificent views. The track continues south through remarkable rock formations and rock pools.

 

Total distance: 6635 m
Max elevation: 391 m
Min elevation: 274 m
Total climbing: 214 m
Total descent: -214 m
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Eastern walking track – 4.5km circuit

The Eastern Walking Track is a loop track leading off Back Road and is currently isolated from the main visitor nodes. About 700m along the track there is a rock lookout with a good view of the valley. Continue past a long rock down to the fenced bush paddock. The track crosses a creek then heads down through more rock formations before climbing out of the valley and returning to the car park.

 

Total distance: 4639 m
Max elevation: 370 m
Min elevation: 285 m
Total climbing: 124 m
Total descent: -124 m
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Melville Caves Walking Track – 1km circuit

Start on the opposite side of the Melville Caves Picnic Area and climb between boulders, passing Seal Rock. The track continues to the summit (steep grades in places) and Melville Caves Lookout. Return to the picnic area via the steep walking track that leads off from the summit or via the road past the Melville Caves car park.

Melville Caves Lookout – 300m return

This is a short walk commencing from the Melville Caves carpark. A directional disc on top of the boulders at the Lookout points out surrounding features and landmarks.

Getting there

Kooyoora State Park is a state park in Victoria, located 220 kilometres northwest of Melbourne, and 12 km west of Inglewood.

Facilities

Melville Caves picnic ground has shelter, toilets and water.

 

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