• Length: 7.5Km

  • Duration: 2-3hrs

  • Grade: 3

  • Style: One Way

  • Start: Clifford Park

  • End: Jumping Creek Reserve Car Park

  • Location: Warrandyte State Park

  • Closest Town: Wonga Park

  • Distance from CBD: 35km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -37.719441

  • Longitude: 145.278330

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The Missing Link Along the Yarra is a 7.5km, grade 3, one-way hike located in the Warrandyte State Park, Victoria. The hike should take approximately 2-3hrs to complete.

Summary

This walk closely follows the Yarra River using a section of track that is not marked on any map, but joins with other walks to allow a longer one-way hike. There are many beautiful river access points, plenty of wildlife and not a lot of people around. This track passes the old Stan Brae ‘farm’ buildings, where there is a picnic table. Please treat the area with respect, or access could be removed one day. Same for the small section of track between the fences.

At about the 4km mark, there is a vehicle creek crossing through a gate. From here, this is technically state forest, but it has been fenced (gate usually open) and the track is barely visible. Keep the river on the right, skirt around the scrub and watch out for rabbit and wombat holes. You will come to another fence with markers – go through the fence and continue.

About the Region

The closest State Park to Melbourne, Warrandyte is a haven for picnickers, bushwalkers, canoeists, birdwatchers and those who enjoy peace and solitude. Its lightly wooded landscape is dominated by the Yarra River as it winds through the Warrandyte Gorge. There’s a good chance of seeing koalas in the trees at Pound Bend Reserve, while kangaroos and other wildlife are not uncommon in sections of the park.

Getting There

Start at the little car park at the Clifford Park gates. Follow Market Garden Track (popular for horse riding too) then Lucerne Paddock Track.

Tips

  • Please treat the area between the fences with respect, or they may put up a bigger/better fence!

Contributed by Rob Collins

Total distance: 7525 m
Max elevation: 131 m
Min elevation: 36 m
Total climbing: 155 m
Total descent: -211 m
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