From river to gorge top, the semi-remote Mitchell River Walking Trail follows the west bank of the river downstream from Angusvale through the Den of Nargun gorge, which is lined with remnants of temperate rainforest.
Often hiked as a one-way trail, you can start at one of two locations – the Angusvale campground or the Den of the Nargun. Angusvale is a wide open area with seemingly unlimited spots for you to pitch a tent for the night. It’s quite close to the river and, if you get up early enough, kangaroos can be seen in their droves.
Whilst you can’t legally camp at the Den of the Nargun, there is a picnic area and car park situated here and a campsite located nearby at a spot known as Woolshed Creek. It is quite close to the river, so if you are camping here, there is ample opportunity to filter your water here.
The trail itself is rugged in parts and has several uphill and downhill sections. Whilst 18-kilometres may not seem long, it can be quite deceiving given how low the trail goes into the gullies and how high it goes to the top of the gorge.
The Mitchell River National Park protects spectacular river scenery, serene rainforest gullies, rugged landscapes and significant occurrences of some of Victoria’s more unusual vegetation communities. The park covers an area of 12,200 ha and is divided by the spectacular Mitchell River, one of 18 Heritage Rivers in Victoria. This easily accessible national park is a 45 minute drive from Bairnsdale. The western side can be reached via the Dargo Road, providing memorable opportunities for day visitors and the more adventurous recreationalist.
This hike can also be completed as a return hike in which case the total length is around 36km
Mitchell River National Park is 300 kilometres from Melbourne. From the Princes Highway (A1), turn off at Lindenow Road (C602) west of Bairnsdale. Turn left into Dargo Road (C601) then right into Waller Road at the National Park sign.
- Hiking experience and a good level of fitness required.
- Tracks may be long, rough and very steep.
- Directional signage may be limited.
Max elevation: 224 m
Min elevation: 66 m
Total climbing: 912 m
Total descent: -928 m
Content: Tourism Victoria