• Length: 15km

  • Duration: 4hrs

  • Grade: 3

  • Style: Circuit

  • Start: Saddle Dam Picnic Area

  • End: Saddle Dam Picnic Area

  • Closest Town: Kangaroo Ground

  • Location: Sugarloaf Reservoir Park

  • Distance from state capital: 46km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -37.6807827000

  • Longitude: 145.3029790500


Sugarloaf and Christmas Hills Circuit is a 15km, grade 3 Circuit hike located in Sugarloaf Reservoir Park Victoria. The hike should take approximately 4hrs to complete.


The Sugarloaf and Christmas Hills Circuit is a relatively easy hike around the Sugarloaf Reservoir with one or two modest climbs. The route is fairly well defined with great views, plenty of kangaroo’s and the occasional deer. The hike commences at the Saddle Dam Picnic Area and car park on Simpson Road. Cross the Reservoir wall to the east and continue on the well formed Ironbark Ridge track to the Ridge Picnic Area. The official trail does not continue beyond this point however the route is clearly marked with orange markers as it circumnavigates the reservoir. Along the route you will pass Mount Graham, Rosella Spur, Eagle Point (the highest point in the park), Cockatoo Knoll, Plover Point, Finger Ridge, Sugarloaf Hill and the Sugarloaf Dam Wall with the highest points providing views of the city and Yarra Valley. At most times the water is within view as you walk through open bushland and more heavily timbered areas.

Opening times

The park is open every day of the year. Gates open at 8.30am and close at 7.00pm during daylight saving. Outside of daylight savings, the park closes at 5.00pm.

Getting there

From Melbourne travel via Doncaster, Eltham, Reservoir, Kangaroo Ground and Watsons Creek. Continue on Eltham – Yarra Glen Road to Simpson Road (this is the entrance to Sugarloaf). Saddle Dam Car Park is on the left just beyond the dam wall.


Total distance: 14944 m
Max elevation: 265 m
Min elevation: 169 m
Total climbing: 325 m
Total descent: -325 m
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34 thoughts on “Sugarloaf and Christmas Hills Circuit (15km)

  1. Loved it. Take time at the top with the views. If you go straight ahead at the top there is a fence line walk option and unmarked bush bash option just keep the water somwhere off to your right as you move off the shored area. Eventually there are wires overhead to follow. Preplan with a few general concepts of direction with the paper map and compass.

  2. A lovely, fairly easy hike around the reservoir with numerous trail markers to keep you from getting lost. There’s a fair few different terrains you get to walk in. We had beautiful weather the day we went and were lucky enough to see a group of wallabies feeding just off the track.