Running Creek Walking Track

4 h 30 min to 7 h
2 h 30 min to 3 h 45 min
4 h to 8 h 30 min

13.5 km
circuit

↑ 592 m
↓ -592 m

Moderate track
From Mount Sugarloaf Road at the top of the mountain this circuit walk heads of along Mount Sugarloaf Ridge Track north to reach the Running Creek Track. Following Arturs Creek you then reach the stunning Masons Falls. Stop for a while and just take in the beauty of the area before heading along Running Creek uphill to reach the Masons Falls and than later the Blackwood picnic area. If lucky you might spot a Lyre Bird or two. 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 At the intersection of Mount Sugarloaf Road & Mount Sugarloaf Ridge Track (-37.5305834,145.2434041)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Plenty Road, C727
  • Turn on to Plenty Road, C727 then drive for 1 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Beech Street, C725 and drive for another 13 km
  • Turn right onto Whittlesea - Kinglake Road, C724 and drive for another 2.9 km
  • Turn right onto Burtons Road and drive for another 2.3 km
  • Turn slight right onto National Park Road and drive for another 1.3 km
  • Turn left onto Mount Sugarloaf Road and drive for another 3 km
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Mount Sugarloaf Road & Mount Sugarloaf Ridge Track Start heading along Mount Sugarloaf Ridge Track (a walking track).
Mount Sugarloaf (about 20 m back from the start).
After 45 m pass the toilet (8 m on your left).
After another 760 m turn left.
After another 15 m (at the intersection of Mount Sugarloaf Road & Running Creek Track) continue straight, to head along Running Creek Track (a vehicle track).
After another 20 m head through/around the gate.
After another 6.7 km (at the intersection of Running Creek Track & Wallaby Track) continue straight, to head along Running Creek Track.
After another 310 m head up the 45 surface|wood steps (about 20 m long)
After another 65 m cross the bridge (about 15 m long)
After another 215 m pass the "Masons Falls" (55 m on your left).
After another 205 m continue straight, to head along Masons Falls Walk.
After another 35 m (at the intersection of Lyrebird Circuit Walk & Masons Falls Walk) continue straight, to head along Lyrebird Circuit Walk.
After another 95 m turn right.
After another 30 m pass the "Lyrebird survey ceramics & carving" (15 m on your left).
After another 60 m continue straight.
After another 80 m pass the BBQ (25 m on your left).
After another 10 m pass the shelter (25 m on your right).
Turn left, to head along Masons Falls Road.
After another 55 m pass the sign (7 m on your left).
After another 10 m pass the toilet (20 m on your left).
After another 35 m pass the "Masson's Falls" (15 m on your right).
At the intersection of Boundary Track & Masons Falls Road turn sharp right, to head along Masons Falls Road.
After another 25 m (at the intersection of Masons Falls Road & Goodenia Track) turn left, to head along Goodenia Track (a vehicle track).
After another 110 m continue straight, to head along Goodenia Track.
After another 75 m continue straight, to head along Goodenia Track.
After another 460 m (at the intersection of Boundary Track & Goodenia Track) continue straight, to head along Boundary Track.
After another 480 m (at the intersection of Wombat Track & Boundary Track) continue straight, to head along Boundary Track.
After another 590 m turn right.
After another 35 m turn left, to head along Masons Falls Road.
After another 30 m (at the intersection of Mount Sugarloaf Ridge Track & Masons Falls Road) turn right, to head along Mount Sugarloaf Ridge Track (a walking track).
After another 80 m pass a seat (20 m on your left).
Then pass the "Blackwood picnic area" (25 m on your left).
At the intersection of Wallaby Link Track & Mount Sugarloaf Ridge Track veer left, to head along Mount Sugarloaf Ridge Track.
After another 1.5 km (at the intersection of Mount Sugarloaf Road & Mount Sugarloaf Ridge Track) continue straight, to head along Mount Sugarloaf Ridge Track.
After another 710 m continue straight, to head along Mount Sugarloaf Ridge Track.
After another 810 m come to the end.
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Terrain
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Running Creek Walking Track


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 13.5 km
Time 4 h 30 min to 7 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 Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
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 8.6 km from the start.

Toilet: There are 2 on route, on average they are 4.5 km apart with the largest gap of 8.7 km.

Seat: There is one 10.5 km from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
45 m[toilet]
Shelter
8.6 km[shelter]
Toilet
8.7 km[toilet]
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