Jawbone Peaks Walk

2 h 45 min to 3 h 45 min

6 km
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↑ 572 m
↓ -572 m

Hard track
Starting from the Jawbone Carpark on St Bernards Track, Taggerty, this walk leads to North and South Jawbone via the Jawbone Creek Track. Enjoy this challenging walk through the rugged landscape of the Cathedral Range, and take in the magnificent views of the valley below from the North and South Jawbone Peaks. Lyrebirds can be heard in the surrounding bush, lizards can be seen scurrying across the rocks, and even the occasional snake may be spotted. The peaks at sunrise are spectacular, and are a great introduction to overnight hiking. This walk has some very steep inclines, big steps and slippery climbs, and it requires a reasonable amount of fitness to be completed. 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 Saint Bernards Track & Jawbone Creek Track (-37.3813368,145.7498525)
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 1.3 km
  • Turn right and drive for another 25 m
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Track Notes
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At the intersection of Saint Bernards Track & Jawbone Creek Track Start heading along Jawbone Creek Track (a walking track).
Find the Jawbone car park at the start.
After another 35 m cross the bridge (about 55 m long)
After another 770 m cross the stepping stones.
After another 295 m turn right, to head along Jawbone Creek Track.
After another 370 m (at the intersection of North Jawbone Track & Jawbone Creek Track) turn right, to head along North Jawbone Track (a footpath).
After another 260 m come to the "North Jawbone Peak".
Then come to the "North Jawbone Peak".
After another 15 m turn around, to head along North Jawbone Track.
After another 275 m (at the intersection of Jawbone Creek Track & North Jawbone Track) turn left, to head along Jawbone Creek Track (a walking track).
After another 370 m continue straight, to head along Jawbone Creek Track.
After another 150 m continue straight.
After another 20 m come to the camp site.
This is a free campsite.
After another 90 m come to the "The Farmyard" (on your left).
Campsite managed byParks Victoria. This is a free campsite.
After another 10 m veer left.
(South Jawbone Peak) Continue another 315 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 3 km to get back to the start.
"South Jawbone Peak".
"South Jawbone Peak".
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Terrain
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Jawbone Peaks Walk


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 6 km
Time 2 h 45 min to 3 h 45 min
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (1/6)
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 Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)

Some facilities on route
Camp site: There are 2 on route, on average they are 2 km apart with the largest gap of 3.3 km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Camp site
2.6 km[camp site]
Camp site
2.7 kmThe Farmyard
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