• Length: 6.6km

  • Duration: 2hrs

  • Grade: 3

  • Style: Circuit

  • Start: Melville Caves Picnic Area

  • End: Melville Caves Picnic Area

  • Location: Kooyoora State Park

  • Closest Town: Inglewood

  • Distance from CBD: 202km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -36.601753

  • Longitude: 143.69316

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Melville Caves is a 6.6km, grade 3 circuit hike, located in Kooyoora State Park, Victoria. The hike should take approximately 2hrs to complete.

Hike Summary

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.


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.


Melville Caves picnic ground has shelter, toilets and water.

About the region

This stunning pocket of the Loddon Valley is becoming one of the region’s worst-kept secrets, although it’s still a place of peace and quiet compared to similar sites of granite outcrops. Climb, camp and explore at Mount Kooyoora. Legend has it the bushranger Captain Melville took refuge here. As did the Indigenous people – find evidence of Aboriginal culture in the rock wells and scar trees. Kooyoora State Park offers a rich variety of plants and wildlife, and is home to 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 bird watching.

Getting there

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

GPX File

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.

GPX File

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.

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