Blowhard Summit (via Merlo Lookout)

Blowhard is located near Lake eildon. The summit walk is a steep walk up a trail from Merlo lookup. The trail is well defined, requires no scrambling and is has fairly good views from the top.

Also, in case you were wondering, someone stole the blowhard summit sign..

Start at the Merlo lookout carpark and follow the sign across the road to blowhard. Follow the trail up until you reach the junction at the summit (which is fairly flat at the top, and return the same way down.

Moorooduc Quarry Circuit – Mt Eliza

The Moorooduc Quarry was established in 1887 and in 1888 a railway line was built from the quarry to Moorooduc Station so that stone and ballast could be transported from the quarry for the construction of the railway line between Baxter and Mornington. The quarry was closed in 1961 due to flooding and over time became a popular swimming hole for locals, later being transformed into the Moorooduc Quarry Flora and Fauna Reserve.

Moorooduc Quarry is a circuit, containing more than 200 stairs After completing the circuit, you can go to the quarry after and be treated to spectacular views of the lake. The trail is easy to follow..

The trek begins at the carpark on the road, and follows until the junction at the quarry. Follow the trail around the lake following the stairs until reaching the top. Follow the trail back down to the junction and proceed down the middle to the quarry (the view there is surreal). After you’re done, return back to the carpark

Alternative Starting spots

There is additional parking at: 450A Moorooduc Hwy, Mount Eliza VIC 3930 (however, I believe its meant to be for Mornington Railway and lake users, so it may be rude to use it).

Werribee Gorge (Long) Circuit – UNTESTED

Werribee Gorge retains a wild, rugged natural beauty. The park offers spectacular views and great opportunities for bushwalking and rock climbing. There are a few bathrooms on the way.

This walk starts at Meikles Point Picnic Area and follows the Gorge Circuit walk until you reach Quarry Picnic Area, through a second smaller carpark near the road and follows around passing various lookouts until returning to the starting location

You Yangs East-West Flinders Peak Walk (14km/Moderate)

The You Yangs are a series of granite ridges that rise to 319m above the Werribee Plain approximately 55 km south-west of Melbourne and 22 km north-east of Geelong, in Victoria, Australia near Avalon airport. They’re popular among a few communities including the mountain biking community and the rock climbing community.

This walk follows the West Track, East Track, Saddleback Track and Northern Range walk. After completing the tracks, there is a final walk up Flinders peak (which can be skipped if required)

Keep in mind, parts of this track are fairly steep. There is a toilet at the beginning car park (which you pass again near the end). Parts of this trek can be fairly slippery too. Unfortunately, this walk is not wheelchair accessible

Cape Woolamai Adventure

Cape Woolamai is a nature reserve located as a south east offshoot of Phillip Island surrounded by beaches, cliffs and various fauna including Shearwater / Mutton birds.

You will need to check tide times before performing this walk. The first beach walk (Cleeland Blight) is difficult during high tide. For this reason, we don’t recommend reversing the direction of this walk (it’s best to get it out of the way, especially whilst people are still uninjured). Check the tide before going!!!

Meet at the Cape Woolamai surf club carpark. Follow the road and turn right onto the track towards the east beach (Cleeland Blight). Keep in mind that this is only safe during low tide.

Continue down the beach until reaching Quarry track (before the giant rocks on the beach / old granite quarry), climb the stairs and join the track inland, until turning left on cliff track, passing the lookout, beacon and the pinnacles until reaching the magicland steps to the beach. Turn right on the beach, walking along it until you reach the Cape Woolamai Surf club, completing your walk

Strath Creek Falls Walk

Strath Creek Falls is a 50m waterfalls located within the Mt Disappointment forest at Clonbinane Victoria. Whilst mostly an isolated location, various places near the area are used for dirt biking. There are campgrounds in the area if you wish to stay the night.

I’ve marked this walk as moderate, as there is a bit of an incline, however, its very short, the trail is well defined (the sides are fenced off), and the trail is short. You will not get lost. Ensure you’re wearing good enough shoes (but no real trekking equipment is required).

The Carpark has a picnic table, and 2 good car spots (although, it may be possible to improvise more). It seems to be reachable without 4WD (although, 4wd is preferred), and it likely isn’t accessible for buses or camper-vans. There is very little phone reception. I personally spent 2 days at Strath Creek, and never saw a second person (probably because there isn’t much else nearby). So it’s also a great place if you want some peace.

The walk starts from the carpark. You follow the signposts and the trail. Along the way you see the valley to the left and there is a viewing platform with additional info at the end of the trail to observe the waterfall. The viewing platform has a placard with a poem on a rock. Once you have finished, do a U-Turn and return to the car-park.

It shouldn’t take longer than 30mins.

Please note: I have seen this walk referred to as Murchison falls on one website, however, have been unable to find any usage of the name otherwise. I believe someone probably got creative, however, there are other features in the area which start with “Murchison” in the name, so it may be plausible. So keep in mind if someone talks about “Murchison Falls”, they are probably referring to Strath Creek.

Kurth Kiln Circuit

Containing a range of forest types, the Park is mostly known for its kiln, built during the Second World War to make charcoal for gas producer units fitted to cars. Patented and developed by Professor E E Kurth, the ‘producer gas’ was a substitute for petrol, heavily rationed at the time.

Kurth Kiln Circuit starts off at the camping ground, brings us to the kiln (almost immediately), past waterfalls, a rock climbing location and a reservoir. There is a lot of road walking in this trek, and its considered Moderate mainly because of the distance. The good thing about this track however, is that it can be simplified as required. I have marked this as a shallow river crossing, however, you actually are trekking over small streams (where there is the risk of falling in).

Those who have an interest in Rock Climbing can also bring a rope and harnesses, for basic practice at Egg Rock (its a good place to start)

Mt Donna Buang and Mt Victoria From Warburton

Mount Donna Buang is a mountain located in Warburton Victoria with a moderate trek, a fresh-water spring mid-way at the carpark and an observation tower at the top of the trek.

Most people begin at the carpark for a relatively quick trek, however, this trek begins from the bottom of the mountain and climbs to summit. The path for this trek is well defined, and the view at the top is amazing. During the winter months, it often snows and Tobogganing is available at the summit. This path can get a bit slippery due to the mud during Winter, so we recommend if possible, doing it on a dry day or to bring trekking poles. Keep in mind, that as it sometimes snows at the summit during winter, you may require correct clothing, and if you plan to drive to the summit, you may require snowchains (or you can often wait for it to be cleared).

Whilst Mt Victoria is a bit of a letdown (its flat at the top with no lookout), Mt Donna more than makes up for it. On the way down, we recommend passing the carpark, and there is a pipe from the water spring which can be used to refill your water (feel free to push in front of the water companies who often hog it and often fill dozens / hundreds of bottles).

In windy weather, there is the risk of branches falling. The route is fairly obvious with GPS, and quite a number of people follow the route (although, due to its long length, you can’t rely on people the entire way). Toilets are available at the Mt Donna Buang Summit, and at the Carpark near the water springs.

A fair amount of parking is available on the street at the beginning (on the corner of Wellington Rd and Martyr Rd), and the entry to the trek is signposted. There is nothing particularly technical about this trek, so we consider it moderate, and you don’t need to be super fit to make it (it just takes time).