Brisbane Ranges Extended Circuit
Starting near the Steiglitz Courthouse, Brisbane Ranges National Park, this circuit loops around a large section of the national park via the Hay Track and the Burchell Trail. Starting at the historic gold mining ghost town of Steiglitz, this walk takes you on a generous loop deep within the Brisbane Ranges, returning via Steiglitz Historic Park. The unusual geology of the Brisbane Ranges 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. Walking in later winter and spring is the best time of year to see the glorious display of wildflowers in the park, including orchids, a huge variety of native peas and the rare Steiglitz Grevillea – found only in the Brisbane Ranges. Bird watchers will also be rewarded with over 180 bird species recorded in the park. There are two designated public access camping grounds in the park, Boar Gully in the north and Fridays near Steiglitz. Both have toilets and tank water, plus designated camp trailer or caravan sites at each camp ground. Keep an eye out for orange/yellow triangles pinned onto trees, which indicate the right direction of the trail. In the last leg of the walk, in the old mining area of Steiglitz Historic Park, the trail becomes quite rocky in parts, and uncovered mine shafts can be seen from the trail. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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