Sugarloaf and South Jawbone Peak Circuit

4 h, 6 h to 2 days

10.8 km
circuit

↑ 701 m
↓ -701 m

Very challenging
Starting from Cooks Mill Campground in Cathedral Range State Park this circuit walk leads clockwise south toward Sugarloaf Saddle and Peak, and Wells Cave. The side trip to South Jawbone Peak starts at the Farmyard camping area where you can spend the night and make it an overnight walk. The track has some very steep rock scramble in places but the breathtaking views over the valley make it all worth while. 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 At the intersection of Tweed Spur Road & Little River Road (-37.3794739,145.7608992)
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 left onto Tweed Spur Road and drive for another 5 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Tweed Spur Road & Little River Road Start heading along Tweed Spur Road (a vehicle track).
There is a car park (about 85 m back from the start).
After 90 m come to the "Cooks Mill Campground - Cathedral Range State Park" (on your right).
This camp site is wheelchair accessible.
Campsite managed byParks Victoria. There is a fee to use this campsite.
After another 15 m head through/around the gate.
After another 135 m pass the toilet (20 m on your right).
After another 55 m continue straight, to head along Tweed Spur Road.
After another 40 m (at the intersection of Tweed Spur Road & Tweed Spur Road 4WD) continue straight, to head along Tweed Spur Road 4WD (a vehicle track).
After another 45 m head through/around the gate.
After another 1.4 km (at the intersection of Messmate Track & Tweed Spur Road 4WD) turn right, to head along Messmate Track (a walking track).
After another 2.6 km pass the "Sugarloaf Saddle Day Visitor Area" (15 m on your right).
After another 55 m turn sharp right.
After another 40 m pass the toilet (9 m on your left).
This toilet is wheelchair accessible., equipped with a hand-washing basin.
After another 9 m turn left, to head along Cerberus Road.
After another 35 m continue straight, to head along Cerberus Road.
After another 55 m (at the intersection of Cerberus Road & Canyon Track) turn right, to head along Canyon Track (a footpath).
After another 95 m pass the shelter (8 m on your left).
At the intersection of Wells Cave Track & Canyon Track continue straight, to head along Canyon Track.
After another 600 m pass the "Wells Cave" (30 m on your right).
After another 30 m pass the "Sugarloaf Peak" (6 m on your right).
After another 6 m (at the intersection of Razorback Track & Wells Cave Track) continue straight, to head along Razorback Track.
After another 15 m pass the "Wells Cave" (25 m on your right).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. Side trip to South Jawbone Peak To start this optional side trip turn right here. On returning from this side trip veer right when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 2.6 km continue straight.
After another 95 m come to the camp site.
This is a free campsite.
After another 2 m continue straight.
After another 165 m turn right, to head along Jawbone Creek Track.
After another 310 m cross the stepping stones.
After another 750 m cross the bridge (about 55 m long)
After another 35 m (at the intersection of Jawbone Creek Track & Saint Bernards Track) continue straight, to head along Saint Bernards Track.
After another 1.2 km (at the intersection of Cerberus Road & Saint Bernards Track) continue straight, to head along Cerberus Road (a vehicle track).
After another 130 m (at the intersection of Little River Road & Cerberus Road) continue straight, to head along Little River Road.
After another 75 m pass the toilet (25 m on your left).
This toilet is wheelchair accessible.
After another 50 m veer right, to head along Little River Road.
After another 60 m (at the intersection of Tweed Spur Road & Little River Road) turn right, to head along Tweed Spur Road.
After another 10 m come to the end.

Side trip to South Jawbone Peak
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Find the The Farmyard at the start.
Campsite managed byParks Victoria. This is a free campsite.
Continue another 310 m to find South Jawbone Peak at the end.
"South Jawbone Peak".
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 315 m to the main route.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Sugarloaf and South Jawbone Peak Circuit


Grading
Class 5/6
Very challenging
Length 10.8 km
Time 4 h, 6 h to 2 days
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Very steep and difficult rock scrambles (5/6)
Signage Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)

Some facilities on route
Camp site: There are 3 on route, on average they are 2.7 km apart with the largest gap of 7.8 km.

Shelter: There is one 4.6 km from the start.

Toilet: There are 3 on route, on average they are 2.7 km apart with the largest gap of 6.3 km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Camp site
15 mCooks Mill Campground - Cathedral Range State Park
Toilet
165 m[toilet]
Toilet
4.4 km[toilet]
Shelter
4.6 km[shelter]
Camp site
7.8 kmThe Farmyard
Camp site
7.9 km[camp site]
Toilet
10.7 km[toilet]
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