One of the initial walks I did when in Melbourne was the Upper Yarra Goldfields Circuit walk. Back then, I was very lazy and I never used to hike. Because of which, this hike was surely very hard for me. I had to start somewhere and hence I had joined the hiking groups on meetup and this walk was organised by one of the groups.
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About Upper Yarra Goldfields circuit walk
The Upper Yarra Goldfields Circuit walk is a very pretty walk in the in the Yarra ranges national park and McMohans creek area of Victoria state in Australia. The walk goes through many creeks and bushes and is a perfect bush walk.
The trail has a lot of leeches so be careful of the leeches, especially when it is raining. You can carry a solution of sanitizer that you get in a pharmacy to get rid of these leeches.
How to get to the starting point of the hike?
- By Public transport: Warburton is the place to start the hike when using the public transport. There is a bus from Lilydale station to Warburton, which is the closest town. And there are frequent trains between Flinders street and Lilydale station.
- Up to date information can be found on the Public Transport Victoria (PTV) website.
- By Road: Driving is the convenient option and the Little Peninsula Tunnel car park is about 90 kilometres from Melbourne Central Business District (CBD).
- In Australia, you can hire a self driven car from a rental agency. All you need is a valid full driver’s licence (in English) and a credit card. When you are hiring the car, make sure you hire with full insurance and zero excess fee.
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Logistics of Upper Yarra Goldfields circuit walk
Below is the logistics of the Upper Yarra Goldfields Circuit Walk:
- Starting point: Little Peninsula Tunnel car park (if going by car) or Warburton (if going by public transport).
- Ending point: Little Peninsula Tunnel car park or Warburton.
- Type of walk: Circuit.
- Distance: 12.9 kilometres.
- Time required: 5 hours.
- Grade: Moderate to Hard. Certain sections of the hike is very steep.
Safety for solo female travelers
As a general rule, it is always advisable to have a hiking buddy while hiking or trekking. This is to make sure you are prepared for any unforeseen situations.
Download Emergency Plus app on your phone before going for hikes or treks. The app does not require mobile network and lets you know the exact coordinates of you location. This way you can be ready for any uncalled scenarios.
The Upper Yarra Goldfields Circuit walk is one of the best walks in Victoria. The trail and the views along the trail is stunning. I highly recommend this hike if you want to get out of the city of Melbourne. Have you done this hike? And which all hikes do you recommend? Let me know by writing to me on Solopassport@gmail.com.
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