Anakie Gorge Circuit Walk

3 h to 5 h
1 h 30 min to 2 h 30 min

10.2 km
circuit

↑ 328 m
↓ -328 m

Moderate track
Starting from Anakie Gorge picnic and parking area at the end of Gorge Road and this circuit walk in Brisbane Ranges NP takes you west along Anakie Gorge Walk. Starting with a steeply uphill section to warm you up and get your heart racing, the walk takes you to Nelson Lookout and Outlook Lookout for great views over the area, before reaching the Stony Creek Picnic area. Have a break there and/or take a side trip along the creek to Lower Stony Creek Reservoir. 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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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-37.8602586,144.2718838)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Geelong Ring Road, M1
  • Turn on to Midland Highway Off Ramp then drive for 450 m
  • Keep left onto Midland Highway Off Ramp and drive for another 125 m
  • Turn left onto Ballarat Road, A300 and drive for another 1.5 km
  • Turn right onto Ballan Road, C141 and drive for another 24.6 km
  • Turn right onto Staughton Vale Road and drive for another 3.4 km
  • Turn left onto Gorge Road and drive for another 730 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 15 m continue straight.
There is a car park (about 30 m back from the start).
After another 80 m turn right.
After another 95 m pass the shelter (6 m on your right).
Then pass the toilet (5 m on your right).
After another 55 m pass the toilet (7 m on your right).
Continue straight, to head along Anakie Gorge Walk.
After another 1.1 km (at the intersection of Anakie Gorge Walk & Ted Errey Nature Circuit) turn left, to head along Ted Errey Nature Circuit.
After another 600 m continue straight, to head along Ted Errey Nature Circuit.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. Side trip to Nelsons Lookout To start this optional side trip continue straight here. On returning from this side trip veer left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 780 m turn left, to head along Ted Errey Nature Circuit.
After another 335 m continue straight, to head along Ted Errey Nature Circuit.
After another 1 km continue straight, to head along Ted Errey Nature Circuit.
After another 115 m (at the intersection of Aquaduct Track & Ted Errey Nature Circuit) turn left, to head along Aquaduct Track (a vehicle track).
After another 680 m (at the intersection of Switch Road & Aquaduct Track) veer left, to head along Switch Road (a vehicle track).
After another 40 m (at the intersection of Redsteak Track & Switch Road) veer right, to head along Redsteak Track (a vehicle track).
After another 50 m head through/around the gate.
After another 70 m (at the intersection of Outlook Track & Redsteak Track) turn sharp right, to head along Outlook Track.
After another 510 m (at the intersection of Burchell Trail & Outlook Track) turn right, to head along Burchell Trail.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. Side trip to Outlook Lookout To start this optional side trip continue straight here. On returning from this side trip turn right when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 35 m turn left, to head along Burchell Trail.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. Side trip to Lower Stony Creek Reservoir To start this optional side trip turn left here. On returning from this side trip turn left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 1.5 km (at the intersection of Anakie Gorge Walk & Burchell Trail) turn right, to head along Anakie Gorge Walk.
After another 110 m continue straight, to head along Anakie Gorge Walk.
After another 70 m pass the car park (15 m on your left).
Then pass the toilet (20 m on your left).
After another 20 m (at the intersection of Anakie Gorge Walk & Switch Road) continue straight, to head along Anakie Gorge Walk.
After another 1.8 km (at the intersection of Anakie Gorge Walk & Ted Errey Nature Circuit) veer right, to head along Anakie Gorge Walk.
After another 1.1 km continue straight.
After another 145 m veer left.
After another 30 m continue straight, to head along Anakie Gorge Walk.
After another 15 m come to the end.

Side trip to Nelsons Lookout
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Continue another 170 m to find Nelsons Lookout at the end.
"Nelsons Lookout".
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 170 m to the main route.

Side trip to Outlook Lookout
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Continue another 105 m to find Outlook at the end.
"Outlook".
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 105 m to the main route.

Side trip to Lower Stony Creek Reservoir
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Burchell Trail & Anakie Gorge Walk Start heading along Burchell Trail (a walking track).
After another 45 m (at the intersection of Anakie Gorge Walk & Wadawurrong Walk (Burchell Trail)) continue straight, to head along Anakie Gorge Walk.
After another 320 m (at the intersection of Anakie Gorge Walk & Burchell Trail) continue straight, to head along Anakie Gorge Walk (a vehicle track).
After another 100 m turn right.
After another 35 m come to the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 500 m to the main route.
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Terrain
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Anakie Gorge Circuit Walk


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 10.2 km
Time 3 h to 5 h
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)

Some facilities on route
Shelter: There is one 160 m from the start.

Toilet: There are 3 on route, on average they are 2.6 km apart with the largest gap of 7 km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
150 m[toilet]
Shelter
160 m[shelter]
Toilet
205 m[toilet]
Toilet
7.2 km[toilet]
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