The Big Walk

8 h 30 min to 12 h

20.4 km
return

↑ 1505 m
↓ -1505 m

Hard track
Starting at the Eurobin Creek Picnic Area, Mount Buffalo National Park, this walk leads via The Big Walk Track and ends near the Mount Buffalo Chalet. Appropriately named The Big Walk, this is the biggest walk in the park. Following one of the original routes onto the Mount Buffalo Plateau, this walk climbs 1000 metres over 9 km. It goes through several vegetation zones as the altitude increases, passing through gumtees, ferns and large granite rocks. Enjoy spectacular views of the Victorian Alps and the Gorge from the numerous lookouts along the way. This walk has some very steep and long climbs, and requires a moderate amount of fitness to be completed. Water is limited along the track and the weather can be unpredictable, so come prepared. Be aware that seasonal road closures impact the park in Winter. 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 (-36.7006351,146.851936)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Hume Freeway, M31
  • Turn on to Great Alpine Road Offramp then drive for 620 m
  • Keep right onto Great Alpine Road Offramp and drive for another 120 m
  • Turn right onto Great Alpine Road, B500 and drive for another 41.4 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Myrtle Street, B500 and drive for another 390 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Myrtle Street, B500 and drive for another 23.9 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 3 onto Mount Buffalo Road, C535 and drive for another 6.2 km
  • Turn right and drive for another 35 m
  • Turn right and drive for another 115 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Find the car park at the start.
There is a toilet (about 20 m back from the start).
After another 165 m cross the bridge (about 10 m long)
After another 1.7 km (at the intersection of 7 Mile Spur Track & The Big Walk) turn sharp left, to head along 7 Mile Spur Track (a vehicle track).
After another 620 m (at the intersection of The Big Walk & 7 Mile Spur Track) continue straight, to head along The Big Walk (a walking track).
After another 120 m (at the intersection of The Big Walk & Mount Buffalo Road) continue straight, to head along The Big Walk.
After another 1.1 km (at the intersection of Mount Buffalo Road & The Big Walk) continue straight, to head along The Big Walk.
After another 830 m (at the intersection of Mount Buffalo Road & The Big Walk) continue straight, to head along Mount Buffalo Road (a road).
After another 80 m (at the intersection of Mount Buffalo Road & The Big Walk) veer left, to head along The Big Walk (a walking track).
After another 560 m continue straight, to head along The Big Walk.
After another 35 m (at the intersection of Mount Buffalo Road & The Big Walk) turn left, to head along Mount Buffalo Road (a road).
After another 155 m (at the intersection of Mount Buffalo Road & The Big Walk) continue straight, to head along The Big Walk (a walking track).
After another 60 m come to the "Mackeys Lookout" (15 m on your right).
After another 1.4 km turn right, to head along The Big Walk.
After another 2.4 km continue straight, to head along The Big Walk.
After another 165 m (at the intersection of The Big Walk & Gorge Heritage Walk) continue straight, to head along The Big Walk.
After another 165 m turn right, to head along The Big Walk.
After another 145 m (at the intersection of Gorge Heritage Walk & The Big Walk) veer left, to head along The Big Walk.
After another 45 m veer right, to head along The Big Walk.
After another 20 m cross the bridge (about 20 m long)
Then pass a seat (10 m on your right)., has a backrest.
After another 20 m turn left, to head along The Big Walk.
After another 125 m continue straight, to head along The Big Walk.
After another 75 m continue straight, to head along The Big Walk.
After another 225 m come to the "Bents Lookout" (25 m on your left).
Turn left.
After another 5 m continue straight.
After another 4 m continue straight.
After another 20 m to find the "The Gorge car park".
After another 25 m come to the viewpoint (25 m on your left).
Turn around here and retrace the main route for 10.2 km to get back to the start.
About 115 m past the end is "Echo Point".
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Terrain
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The Big Walk


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 20.4 km
Time 8 h 30 min to 12 h
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Foretasted & unexpected storms and severe weather may impact on navigation and safety (4/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There is one -8 m back from the start.

Seat: There is one 9.7 km from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
-8 m[toilet]
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