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Mount Arapiles Gully Tracks is a 4km, grade 3 circuit hike, located in the Mount Arapiles – Tooan State Park, Victoria. The hike should take approximately 2hrs to complete.
The Mount Arapiles Gully Tracks hike commences at Centenary Park. From the toilet block head west along a vehicle track past The Pines Centenary Park Camp Grounds until the trail starts to turn south (at the bend). The Central Gully Track is signposted at this point. Continue west along the trail until you reach the top of the escarpment and Bluff Lookout Road.
Turn right at the junction of Bluff Lookout Road and follow the road past the vehicle car park to Bluff Lookout.
From this point you will need to head off trail in a westerly direction as you traverse the cliff line to Pharos Gully Track. On locating the track turn right and follow the gully along its length to the plains below. Keep an eye out for a track heading south east/north west. If you reach the Centenary park Access Track you have gone too far.
The unmarked but obvious trail then heads in a south easterly direction, following the face of Tiger Wall and back to the start point.
About the region
Mount Arapiles is a rock formation that rises about 140 metres (460 ft) above the Wimmera plains in western Victoria, Australia. It is located in Arapiles approximately 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) west of the town of Natimuk and is part of the Mount Arapiles-Tooan State Park. Arapiles is a very popular destination for rock climbers due to the quantity and quality of climbs. It is one of the premier climbing sites in Australia along with the nearby Grampians. The Aboriginal name for Arapiles is Djurite.
From Melbourne follow the Western Highway to Horsham (300km), then the Edenhope Road (Wimmera Highway) for 25km to Natimuk. Continue on 8km to turn right along Centenary Park Road. The park entrance is on your left after 1km.
Centenary Park is a great spot to enjoy a picnic. Centenary campground is the only place to camp in the park. There are three camping areas within the campground. (Camping fees do apply). For more information, visit Parks Victoria
The trails are quite rocky and hiking poles may be useful. Hot days should be avoided due to the exposed trails. Always carry plenty of water.
Max elevation: 352 m
Min elevation: 157 m
Total climbing: 250 m
Total descent: -250 m