• Length: 18.5Km

  • Duration: 5hrs

  • Grade: 3

  • Style: One Way

  • Start: End of Lower Homestead Rd

  • End: Stonehouse Cafe Warrandyte

  • Location: Warrandyte State Park

  • Closest Town: Wonga Park

  • Distance from CBD: 35km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -37.712384

  • Longitude: 145.293364

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2WD Access
Bitumen Road
Small Car Park

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Public Transport

Bitumen Road

Gravel Road

Steep Road

Winding Road

Speed Bumps

Vehicle Ford

Entry Fee

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Accessible Parking

Accessible Toilet

Public Toilets

Drinking Water

Untreated Water

Picnic Shelter

Picnic Table

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Campfire Pit

Camping Area

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Rough Trail
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Mountain Bike Trail

Historic Rail Trail

Dog Friendly

Urban Walk

Coast & Beach

Historic Lighthouse

Waterfalls & Lakes

Rainforest Walk

Goldfields & Mining

Heritage Walk

Aboriginal Art

Alpine Region

Alpine Huts

Exposed Ledges

Rock Scrambling

Steep Terrain

Bush Bashing

River Crossings

Scenic Viewpoints

Well Marked

Drinking Water

Untreated Water

Fishing Spots

Swimming Spots

Overnight Campsites

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The Yarra River Heritage Walk is an 18.5km, grade 3, one-way hike located in the Warrandyte State Park, Victoria. The hike should take approximately 5hrs to complete.

Summary

The Yarra River Heritage Walk is longer walk that combines many shorter ones in the area into a day hike. Following the Yarra River as closely as possible through the length of the Warrandyte State Park from the end of Lower Homestead Road to the Stonehouse Cafe.

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

Park a car at the end of Lower Homestead Road and the other at the Stonehouse Cafe. Then simply follow the river!

The park is 24km north-east of Melbourne. Access is mainly via three sealed roads: Warrandyte Road, Research-Warrandyte Road and Ringwood-Warrandyte Road (Melways pages 23 & 24). Park at the end of Lower Homestead Rd, Wonga Park. Watch out for Kangaroos, they are everywhere. The track begins from the carpark.

Tips

  • Snakes have been observed in the area, so make a lot of noise.
  • There are no services or fresh water (other than the Yarra) along the trail, except at the Stan Brae Farm picnic area.
  • There are many places where you can stop and start this walk, with the longest section being from Clifford Park to Jumping Creek Reserve (~7km).
  • Please respect the area – Clifford Park is owned by the Scouts, but allow use for walkers; a section of this walk is not marked on any maps and may be private property (although maps show it as State Park)

Contributed by Rob Collins

Total distance: 18530 m
Max elevation: 128 m
Min elevation: 32 m
Total climbing: 548 m
Total descent: -573 m
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