This Stapylton Ampitheatre hike, suitable for fit and energetic walkers, can involve water crossings, slippery track surfaces, rock hopping and rock scrambling and unassisted climbing through the wind scoured caverns of Echo Block. Along the way you will enjoy splendid vistas of iron-stained cliffs, rocky outcrops, densely vegetated gullies, woodland of banksias, grass-trees, native pines, eucalypts and the impressively natural Stapylton amphitheatre. The narrow ridge linking Hollow Mountain with Mt Stapylton Ampitheatre is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular regions in Victoria.
This demanding hike is not for the faint-hearted as a substantial part of the hike involves exposed scrambling and some tricky route finding. At one point you will need to scramble up through caves to gain the top of Echoes Block.
If you are experienced, nimble and have a head for heights then this exciting hike will be an unforgettable experience.
From Melbourne, follow the Western Highway through Stawell (235km) to Dadswells Bridge (and the big Koala). Continue on for 10.8km to turn left along Dadswell Bridge Road (signposted for Mount Zero). Follow the sealed road for 3km to turn left on unsealed Flat Rock Road. Drive for 3km to a t-intersection. Turn right on the Mount Zero-Halls Gap Road and follow it or 1.4km to turn left into Hollow Mountain Carpark.
What to take
Max elevation: 470 m
Min elevation: 224 m
Total climbing: 341 m
Total descent: -341 m