• Length: 31km

  • Duration: 2-3 days

  • Grade: 4

  • Style: Circuit

  • Start: Breakfast Creek car park

  • End: Breakfast Creek car park

  • Location: Alpine National Park

  • Closest Town: Licola

  • Distance from CBD: 260km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -37.51773773

  • Longitude: 146.6140793

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Mount Ligar and Tamboritha is a 31km, grade 4 circuit hike, located in Alpine National Park, Victoria. The hike should take approximately 2-3 days to complete.

Hike Summary

The Mount Ligar and Tamboritha hike (The Crinoline) climbs from Breakfast Creek, on the Tamboritha Road, north of Licola, to the top of Mount Ligar (The Crinoline). It then follows a ridge top loop via Long Hill to Mount Tamboritha before returning to Breakfast Creek via McMillans Walking Track. Mount Ligar (also called the Crinoline due to it's similarity to a stiffened or structured petticoat designed to hold out a woman's skirt, popular at various times since the mid-19th century) is considered by some to be one of the more challenging summits for hikers in Victoria.

Alternative Route

The Old Crinoline Track leaves the Breakfast Creek camp site and heads north on the east side of Breakfast Creek. It is reputed to be a channlenging climb, straight up the south-side spur of Castle Hill and then across a ridge to Mount Ligar. This path 'straight to the top' is now deprecated, and the Macmillan Walking Track is preferred.

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About the region

The Mount Ligar and Tamboritha circuit hike is located in the Victorian Alps, an extensive mountain range that forms the southern part of the Australian Alps and is part of the Great Dividing Range.

Getting there

From Melbourne travel 243km to Licola via Moe, Glengarry and Glenmaggie. Travel 18.6km past Licola on the Tamboritha Road. You will find the trail head on the left before Breakfast Creek.


There's room around the rock shelter for tents but it's a bit rocky to get pegs in.


There may be little or no significant sources of fresh stream water on this hike. Be prepared to carry all of your water with you for the two or three days.

Due to the more remote nature of this park, walkers must be self sufficient with food, water, first aid and camping gear, and be skilled in the use of maps and compass.

Walkers and hikers should also be aware that the weather can deteriorate suddenly and without warning, and snow can fall at any time of year, including mid-summer. Don't hesitate to turn back if the trip becomes too difficult or the weather deteriorates.

Be sure to check the advice on safety and regulations before walking or hiking in the park.

Preferred route (31km)

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Total distance: 31324 m
Max elevation: 1504 m
Min elevation: 333 m
Total climbing: 1971 m
Total descent: -1971 m
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Alternative route (29km)

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Total distance: 29245 m
Max elevation: 1504 m
Min elevation: 333 m
Total climbing: 1916 m
Total descent: -1916 m
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23 thoughts on “Mount Ligar and Tamboritha (31km)

  1. Hi All! If anyone is doing this hike soon please let me know. Lost a necklace next to a fireplace on 29.11.2020 at coords (55H, 470918.05, 5851073.49 or thereabouts….). I think the fireplace would be the easiest to find …. If you can help let me know otherwise I might head back hunting myself!

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