The Burchell Trail is a great way to see the Brisbane Ranges National Park as it traverses the length of the park from north to south. Starting from either Fridays or Boar Gully, the walk follows orange track markers and uses existing walks, management tracks and public roads. The Burchell Trail is a linear trail that can be completed over 3 relatively short days. If there was a centrally located camping spot I would complete this hike it in only two days.
For the more adventurous, the Burchell Trail is a great way to see the Brisbane Ranges National Park. Starting from Fridays Camping Ground or Boar Gully Camping Ground, the walk follows orange track markers and uses existing walks, management tracks and public roads. Overnight camps are located at the Old Mill and Little River Bush Camping Grounds.
North South, commencing at Board Gully
Day 1 – Boar Gully to Little River – 10km
Day 2 – Little River to Old Mill – 13.5km
Day 3 – Old Mill to Fridays – 11.5km
South to North, commencing at Board Gully
Day 1 – Fridays to Old Mill – 11.5km
Day 2 – Old Mill to Little River – 13.5km
Day 3 – Little River to Boar Gully – 10km
Overnight hike for kids
This makes an excellent mulit-day hike for kids as each day is not too long, the terrain is generally flat or gently sloping with only a small amount of elevation gain on the climbs.
There are two designated public access camping grounds in the park — Boar Gully (with six sites) in the north and Fridays (with ten sites) near Steiglitz. Both have pit toilets and tank water, plus designated camp trailer or caravan sites at each camp ground. The Overnight Hikers Only sites are located at The Old Mill and the Little River Picnic and camping Area. Bookings are required for all campsites including the Overnight Hikers Only sites along the Burchell Trail. Camping fees apply. For further information or to book go to www.parks.vic.gov.au/stay
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.
Max elevation: 439 m
Min elevation: 249 m
Total climbing: 1017 m
Total descent: -932 m