Mt Timbertop Summit
  • Length: 5.4km

  • Duration: 2-3hrs

  • Grade: 3

  • Style: Return

  • Start: Timbertop Saddle Carpark

  • End: Timbertop Saddle Carpark

  • Closest Town: Merrijig

  • Location: Howqua Hills

  • Distance from state capital: 224km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -37.1538356412

  • Longitude: 146.3040937018

Trail Access

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Bitumen Road

Gravel Road

Easy Access

Steep Road

Winding Road

Vehicle Ford

Speed Bumps

2WD Vehicle

4WD Vehicle

Entry Fee

Ample Parking

Accessible Parking

Wheelchair Toilet

Toilet Facilities

Camping Available

Drinking Water

Picnic Shelter

Picnic Table

BBQ Facilities

Fire Pit

Trail Features

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Concrete Path

Timber Boardwalk

Gravel Path

Sandy Trail

Rough Trail

No Defined Trail

Manual Wheelchair

Motorised Wheelchair

Prams and Strollers

Bike Friendly

Overnight Campsites

River Crossings

Rock Scrambling

Bush Bashing

Exposed Ledges

Trail Markers

Drinking Water

Fishing Spots

Swimming Spots

Dog Friendly

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The Mt Timbertop Summit Walk is a 5.4km, grade 3 return hike located near Merrijig in the Howqua Hills, Victoria. The hike should take approximately 2-3hrs to complete.


This 5.4km return track traverses up the western side to the summit of Mount Timbertop through dry forest and then more open vegetation.This walking track is very steep with some obstacles and sections of indistinct track.

The ridge at the top provides extensive views over the Mansfield and Merrijig valley, The Bluff and numerous peaks of the Victorian Alps.

Enjoy a rest under the snow gums and take in the landscape. The track climbs some 425 metres from approximately 850m above sea level to 1275m the summit.

Getting There

233km from Melbourne’s GPO via the Hume Highway and Mansfield. Gardiners Hut is accessed from the Gardiners Car park. NOTE: that this hut is locked unless you obtain the key first.

From Melbourne, follow the Hume Highway to the Tallarook turn-off and take the Upper Goulburn Road to the Goulburn Valley Highway, which leads you to Yea From Yea drive to Mansfield on the Maroondah Highway, then follow Mt Buller Road to approximately two kilometres past Merrijig before turning right on to the Howqua Track, (signposted Sheepyard Flat). Drive along the gravel road until reaching sign posted Mt Timbertop carpark.

Alternatively, take the Eastern Freeway and Maroondah Highway to Lilydale, then take the Melba Highway at Coldstream to Yea, follow the first description above after Yea.


  • Great hike for families and kids if you don’t mind a little rock scrambling in good weather.
  • Best done spring to autumn.

Contributed by Matthew Muscat

Total distance: 5314 m
Max elevation: 1292 m
Min elevation: 841 m
Total climbing: 626 m
Total descent: -580 m

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