Lake Tali Karng via the Wellington Plains Track

9 h to 2 days

23.7 km
return

↑ 1113 m
↓ -1113 m

Very challenging
Starting near McFarlane Saddle, on Moroka Road, Moroka, Alpine National Park, this walk leads to Lake Tali Karng via the Wellington Plains Walking Track. Reaching the lake requires descending a steep rocky path. The strenuous descent is worth the effort for the tranquillity and beauty of the lake, where the water is ice cold all year round. Two creeks feed the lake, Snowden Creek and Nigothoruk Creek. Snowden Falls is a set of three waterfalls along Nigothoruk Creek. The track across the plains is flat and mostly well defined, with some rocky sections that require careful stepping. Keep an eye out for snakes, especially in summer. As this is an alpine region, the weather can change pretty quickly, so come prepared. If you decide to stay the night, keep in mind there are many spots to camp between Nyimba and Riggall Spur. 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 (-37.4746635,146.8496051)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Princes Highway, A1, Rosedale.
  • Turn on to then drive for 150 m
  • Continue onto Rosedale - Heyfield Road, C488 and drive for another 13.5 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 3 onto Traralgon - Maffra Road, C105 and drive for another 5.1 km
  • Turn slight left onto Traralgon - Maffra Road, C105 and drive for another 610 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 1 onto C486 and drive for another 60 m
  • Turn slight left onto Licola Road, C486 and drive for another 52.8 km
  • Keep right onto Tamboritha Road and drive for another 46.8 km
  • Keep right onto Moroka Road and drive for another 12.3 km
  • Turn sharp right and drive for another 25 m
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Track Notes
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Turn map Directions & comments
Start heading along McFarlane Saddle Walking Track.
McFarlane Saddle (about 15 m back from the start).
After another 1.5 km (at the intersection of Spion Kopje Walking Track & McFarlane Saddle Walking Track) continue straight, to head along McFarlane Saddle Walking Track.
After another 720 m turn right, to head along McFarlane Saddle Walking Track.
After another 480 m (at the intersection of McFarlane Saddle Walking Track & Wellington Plains Walking Track) continue straight, to head along Wellington Plains Walking Track.
After another 2.2 km turn right.
After another 75 m turn left, to head along Spion Kopje Walking Track.
After another 1.9 km pass the "Spion Kopje" (50 m on your left).
After another 1.1 km (at the intersection of Millers Hut Track & Spion Kopje Walking Track) turn right, to head along Millers Hut Track.
After another 135 m (at the intersection of Millers Hut Track & Gillios Track) turn left, to head along Gillios Track.
After another 3.7 km come to "Lake Tali Karng Campsite".
Campsite managed byParks Victoria. This is a free campsite.
Turn around here and retrace the main route for 11.8 km to get back to the start.
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Terrain
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Lake Tali Karng via the Wellington Plains Track


Grading
Class 5/6
Very challenging
Length 23.7 km
Time 9 h to 2 days
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 Minimal directional signs (4/6)
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 Forecasted & unexpected severe weather likely to have an impact on your navigation and safety (5/6)

Some facilities on route
Camp site: There are 2 on route, on average they are 7.9 km apart with the largest gap of 11.9 km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Camp site
-16 mMcFarlane Saddle
Camp site
11.9 kmLake Tali Karng Campsite
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