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The Three Creeks Walk commences at the Crossing Picnic Area, approximately 2.5km west of the historic town of Steiglitz in the southern reaches of the Brisbane Ranges National Park and Steiglitz Historic Park. From the picnic area, follow the road across the creek and continue on the road for a short distance until intersecting the creek again. At this point, leave the road to your right and follow the creek bed until you reach the Youth track. If you have hiked in the Brisbane Ranges before, you will know that it can be a labyrinth of management roads and tracks so rather than provide turn-by-turn guidance, I suggest downloading the GPX file and/or printing a map to assist with navigation. I have classified this as a grade 3-4 hike, purely due to the navigation challenges.
A portion of this walk follows sections of the three-day Burchell Trail which is well defined and well-marked in most places. This is not a particularly strenuous hike but does require suitable navigation skills as you will be walking on roads, tracks and along creek beds for the entire circuit.
The Crossing Picnic Area
The Crossing Picnic Area sits alongside Yankee Gully and is a great place to stop in for lunch while exploring the Steiglitz Historic Park and the Brisbane Ranges National Park. Water fills the gully during the cooler months of the year, and rocky hillsides overlook the picnic ground on the far side.
Several picnic tables and wood fire barbecues are available for visitor use, spread out over a large grassy area which lies alongside the seasonal creek.
Camping is not permitted at The Crossing Picnic Area. An excellent camping spot is available nearby at Friday's Campground.
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.
The Crossing Picnic area is located 2.5km west of of the historic township of Steiglitz. From the centre of town (close to the Court House), follow the main road west over the Steiglitz Bridge. Keep an eye out for a gravel road on your right. A short distance down this gravel road is the Crossing Picnic Area.
Steiglitz is located 91 km west of Melbourne on the edge of Brisbane Ranges National Park. It is 40 km north of Geelong and 54 km south-east of Ballarat. Steiglitz is almost a ghost town today but in the 1860s and 1890s it was a busy gold mining 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.
Max elevation: 365 m
Min elevation: 245 m
Total climbing: 427 m
Total descent: -426 m