• Length: 12.9km

  • Duration: 5hrs

  • Grade: 3

  • Style: Circuit

  • Start: Little Peninsula Tunnel Carpark

  • End: Little Peninsula Tunnel Carpark

  • Location: Yarra Ranges National Park

  • Closest Town: Warburton

  • Distance from CBD: 90km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -37.71293300

  • Longitude: 145.80785600

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Upper Yarra Goldfields is a 12.9km, grade 3 Circuit hike located in Yarra Ranges National Park Victoria. The hike should take approximately 5hrs to complete.


The Upper Yarra Goldfields hike is a highly varied walk that passes through some very pretty areas, great views, plus many remnants of the gold mining history of the area.

There are a few variations you can do, but this version uses a combination of the easements and trails. But do bring a good map with you, as there are various choices with which trail to take.

Whatever route you choose, it is quite a fascinating walk to do and well worth the time to explore.

Getting there

Use the Maroondah Hwy/State Route 34 . Continue onto Warburton Hwy/B380 past Warburton then to the right onto Warburton-Woods Point Road. Take this for approx 13kms to the picnic area and car park at Little Peninsula tunnel where there are two signposts. Ignore the first indicating a car parking area on the side of the road and continue a further 200m then turn left into the second car park where there is also a picnic area.


  • Leeches can be encountered so remember to take your favourite leech remedy/repellant.
  • Stick to the marked trails in the area as there are mineshafts that are not signposted and are well hidden.
  • This is also known as McMahons Goldfield Circuit.


Total distance: 13230 m
Max elevation: 466 m
Min elevation: 230 m
Total climbing: 722 m
Total descent: -723 m
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19 thoughts on “Upper Yarra Goldfields (12.9km)

  1. Apparently this walk is closed until further notice. Parks are yet to make safe some of the walkways near old mine shafts. Extreme caution should be taken if venturing in to this closed area. ( so I’ve heard)

    1. Hi Shane. Not to my knowledge but it would be best to check with Parks Vic. If you choose to do the walk anyway just be mindful of the comments above and be careful.

    2. On the 13th May 2017, Bushwalking Victoria with assistance of volunteers are planning to track clear, repair bridge and put up signage and diversions around mine shafts with the aim of re-opening the track.

      1. Any updates on the clearing? Hiked this around October 2017 initial bridge was closed, track was pretty overgrown and the bridge across the shafts was completely unusable. Was still a great track, would love to help out clearing / repairing

    1. Hey Mike, The section just near the mine shafts is closed due to the barriers being in a state of disrepair. Just be careful in this section and stay away from the shafts if you still choose to do it.

  2. There are a couple of updates on the Parksvic site. One from 2018 saying the bridge at little peninsula tunnel is closed for repairs, and another from May 2019 saying the platform at big peninsula tunnel is closed due to vandalism.
    I’m heading over there tomorrow for an exploratory walk before, potentially, taking a group there next week.
    Has anyone been there recently, any advice?

    1. Hey Chris,

      Did you check out the Upper Yarra Goldfields walk? I’ll be out there later in the week and was wondering whether it is open or not.

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