Cathedral Circuit

6 h 30 min to 9 h 30 min
3 h 30 min to 5 h 30 min

17.4 km
circuit

↑ 975 m
↓ -976 m

Very challenging
The Cathedral Circuit, Cathedral Range State Park, starts near the Cooks Mill Campground, Taggerty, looping around the Cathedral Range via the Little River Track. Explore the Cathedral Range on this walk through the rocky mountains, visiting Cathedral Peak, South Jawbone Peak and Sugarloaf Peak. There are views of the surrounding landscape all along the way, which are especially stunning from the peaks. This circuit is very challenging, having steep rocky ascents and descents throughout. It can also be split into two days, which is a popular option among less experienced hikers. Some scrubs you have to brush through are quite prickly, and protective gear may help. 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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Warning
This journey requires significant bushwalking experience, specialised equipment and navigation skills.
Please ensure you and your group well prepared and equiped for this journey.

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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 (-37.3788505,145.7605025)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Maroondah Highway, 34
  • Turn on to Maroondah Highway, B300 then drive for 20.8 km
  • Turn sharp right onto Lalors Road and drive for another 15 m
  • Turn left onto Crowley Road and drive for another 1.1 km
  • Turn right onto Maroondah Highway, B360 and drive for another 48.3 km
  • Turn right onto Cathedral Lane and drive for another 2.6 km
  • Turn right onto Little River Road and drive for another 5.7 km
  • Turn right onto Little River Road and drive for another 60 m
  • Turn right and drive for another 15 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Find the Cooks Mill Campground - Cathedral Range State Park at the start.
This camp site is wheelchair accessible.
Campsite managed byParks Victoria. There is a fee to use this campsite.
After 80 m pass the toilet (50 m on your left).
This toilet is wheelchair accessible.
After another 15 m turn left, to head along Little River Track.
After another 2.6 km (at the intersection of Little River Track & Neds Gully Track) turn left, to head along Neds Gully Track (a footpath).
After another 2.1 km (Neds Saddle) turn right, to head along Little Cathedral Track.
After another 1 km (at the intersection of Little Cathedral Track & Cathedral Circuit) turn sharp left, to head along Cathedral Circuit.
After another 460 m continue straight, to head along Cathedral Circuit.
After another 610 m come to the "Cathedral Peak".
Then come to the "Cathedral Peak".
After another 85 m (at the intersection of Farmyard Track & Cathedral Circuit) veer right, to head along Farmyard Track (a walking track).
After another 1.7 km (at the intersection of Farmyard Track & Jawbone Creek Track) continue straight, to head along Farmyard Track.
After another 680 m come to the camp site.
This is a free campsite.
Turn right.
After another 85 m come to the "The Farmyard" (on your left).
Campsite managed byParks Victoria. This is a free campsite.
After another 10 m continue straight.
After another 2.7 km pass the "Wells Cave" (25 m on your left).
After another 4 m (at the intersection of Razorback Track & Wells Cave Track) continue straight, to head along Canyon Track.
After another 20 m pass the "Sugarloaf Peak" (6 m on your left).
After another 30 m pass the "Wells Cave" (30 m on your left).
After another 590 m (at the intersection of Canyon Track & Wells Cave Track) continue straight, to head along Canyon Track.
After another 40 m (at the intersection of Cerberus Road & Canyon Track) turn left, to head along Cerberus Road (a vehicle track).
After another 55 m pass the shelter (8 m on your right).
After another 1 m continue straight, to head along Cerberus Road.
After another 20 m pass the car park (on your right).
After another 15 m turn right.
After another 50 m turn sharp left, to head along Messmate Track.
After another 35 m pass the toilet (9 m on your left).
This toilet is wheelchair accessible., equipped with a hand-washing basin.
After another 2.6 km (at the intersection of Tweed Spur Road 4WD & Messmate Track) turn left, to head along Tweed Spur Road 4WD (a vehicle track).
After another 1.4 km head through/around the gate.
After another 9 m (at the intersection of Tweed Spur Road & Tweed Spur Road 4WD) continue straight, to head along Tweed Spur Road (a vehicle track).
After another 40 m continue straight, to head along Tweed Spur Road.
After another 150 m pass the toilet (20 m on your left).
After another 80 m head through/around the gate.
At the intersection of Little River Road & Tweed Spur Road turn left, to head along Little River Road.
After another 60 m veer right.
After another 45 m come to the end.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Cathedral Circuit


Grading
Class 5/6
Very challenging
Length 17.4 km
Time 6 h 30 min to 9 h 30 min
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Gradient Very steep and difficult rock scrambles (5/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (2/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)
Experience Required Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)
Weather Foretasted & unexpected storms and severe weather may impact on navigation and safety (4/6)

Some facilities on route
Camp site: There are 3 on route, on average they are 4.3 km apart with the largest gap of 9.4 km.

Shelter: There is one 12.9 km from the start.

Toilet: There are 3 on route, on average they are 4.3 km apart with the largest gap of 12.9 km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Camp site
8 mCooks Mill Campground - Cathedral Range State Park
Toilet
90 m[toilet]
Camp site
9.4 km[camp site]
Camp site
9.4 kmThe Farmyard
Shelter
12.9 km[shelter]
Toilet
13 km[toilet]
Toilet
17.2 km[toilet]
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