• Length: 6.8km

  • Duration: 3hrs

  • Grade: 3

  • Style: Circuit

  • Start: Steiglitz Court House

  • End: Steiglitz Court House

  • Location: Brisbane Ranges National Park

  • Closest Town: Steiglitz

  • Distance from CBD: 92km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -37.87756893

  • Longitude: 144.1751863

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Steiglitz - Deadmans and Grahams Gully Loop is a 6.8km, grade 3 circuit hike, located in Brisbane Ranges National Park, Victoria. The hike should take approximately 3hrs to complete.


Please read the comments below this hike as a section, across private property, has been fenced off with an electric fence. You will need to seek an alternate route or seek permission of the land owner to access their land.

Hike Summary

This Steiglitz - Deadmans and Grahams Gully Loop commences at the Steiglitz Court House. Walk one kilometre south-west along Stawell Street to Sutherland creek. Follow the creek bed on western side approximately 750 metres and locate orange markers where a small waterfall joins the creek. Follow the markers north-west through open bushland until you reach the Meredith-Steiglitz Road.

Deadmans Loop: Complete the loop by turning right at the Meredith-Steiglitz Road. This will return you via the bitumen road, passing the old Catholic Church (c1868) and cemetery. This hike continues north along Hut Road.

Cross the main road and continue north along Hut Road until you reach The Crossing Picnic Area. On the eastern side of the crossing you will locate Grahams Gully. During dry weather you can simply follow the creek bed the entire length back to Steiglitz. If the creek is flowing simply follow the gully along the banks of the creek through farm land and bush.

Alternative from The Crossing Picnic Area is to continue along Hut Road or follow the Burchell trail along Yankee Creek to the Pines Carpark.


Situated between Geelong and Ballarat, Steiglitz is almost a ghost town today but in the 1860s and 1890s it was a busy goldmining township with hotels, shops, churches and a population of over 1000. At the height of the 1860s gold rush, Steiglitz township had more than 1500 residents, four hotels, a newspaper, a variety of shops and even an undertaker.

Now most of the town and its surroundings are included in the Steiglitz Historic Park. Enjoy a pleasant bush walk relax with a picnic or pan for gold. Of course, a trip to the park wouldn't be complete without a visit to the Steiglitz Court House, with its display of photographs, maps and relics of gold year. The court house is open on Sunday and public holidays, and at other times by arrangement.

About the region

Little more than an hour's drive from Melbourne takes you to the state's richest wildflower habitat. Set in a low range of mountains dissected by rocky gullies, the unusual geology of Brisbane Ranges National Park has preserved plants that have long since vanished from the region, together with a correspondingly diverse bird population and the greatest density of koalas in Victoria.


  • Moderate to Difficult (yellow markers)
  • Don't miss the Star of Hope Tunnel on the banks of Sutherland Creek

GPX File

Total distance: 6794 m
Max elevation: 298 m
Min elevation: 215 m
Total climbing: 175 m
Total descent: -168 m
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One thought on “Steiglitz – Deadmans and Grahams Gully Loop (6.8km)

  1. A member of our hiking community messaged me today about this hike. This is their feedback on this hike…

    Hey Darren, I attempted the deadmans and grahams gully loop gpx today. i followed the creek section from “the crossing” electric fence is the whole way along the creek.. it come to a dead end where the farmer has put the electric fence across the creek and you can,t go any further. I back tracked up the hill to the main road.. seeing the farmer and his dog on the way out. People can still go hut road but the gpx route is no longer follow-able (private property and a Grumpy old farmer!)

    Photo of fence

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