Cathedral Range Circuit

7 h to 10 h

18.3 km
circuit

↑ 1161 m
↓ -1162 m

Very challenging
Starting from Jawbone car park this circuit walk first heads north along Saint Bernards Track. It passes 7 peaks with lookouts, Sugarloaf saddle, caves and two picnic areas, one with a campsite. Those walking it will be awarded with stunning views from several lookouts where they can catch their breath before continuing along the way. This is a very challenging walk with plenty of scrambling therefore for very experienced walkers. 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 Saint Bernards Track & Jawbone Creek Track (-37.3813368,145.7498525)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Maroondah Highway, B360
  • Turn on to Cathedral Lane then drive for 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 45 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Saint Bernards Track & Jawbone Creek Track Start heading along Saint Bernards Track (a walking track).
Find the Jawbone car park at the start.
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 turn left.
After another 90 m turn left.
After another 45 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).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. Side trip to Neds Peak To start this optional side trip continue straight here. On returning from this side trip continue straight when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 2.1 km (Neds Saddle) turn right, to head along Little Cathedral Track.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. Side trip to Little Cathedral Peak To start this optional side trip continue straight here. On returning from this side trip error >360 when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
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).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. Side trip to North Jawbone Peak To start this optional side trip turn left here. On returning from this side trip turn left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
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.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. Side trip to South Jawbone Peak To start this optional side trip veer left here. On returning from this side trip turn left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 100 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 570 m (at the intersection of Razorback Track & Wells Cave Track) continue straight, to head along Razorback Track.
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 2.7 km continue straight.
After another 100 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 50 m come to the end.

Side trip to Little Cathedral Peak
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Cathedral Circuit & Little Cathedral Track Start heading along Little Cathedral Track (a footpath).
Continue another 430 m to find Little Cathedral Peak at the end.
"Little Cathedral Peak".
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 430 m to the main route.

Side trip to Neds Peak
Turn map Directions & comments
Neds Saddle Start heading along Neds Gully Track (a footpath).
After another 15 m (at the intersection of Cathedral Peak Track & Neds Gully Track) turn left, to head along Neds Peak Track.
Continue another 235 m to find Neds Peak at the end.
"Neds Peak".
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 250 m to the main route.

Side trip to North Jawbone Peak
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Jawbone Creek Track & Farmyard Track Start heading along Jawbone Creek Track (a footpath).
After another 185 m (at the intersection of Jawbone Creek Track & North Jawbone Track) continue straight, to head along North Jawbone Track.
After another 255 m come to "North Jawbone Peak".
"North Jawbone Peak".
The end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 440 m to the main route.

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

Cathedral Range Circuit


Grading
Class 5/6
Very challenging
Length 18.3 km
Time 7 h to 10 h
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, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required High level of bushwalking experience recommended (5/6)
Weather Foretasted & unexpected storms and severe weather may impact on navigation and safety (4/6)

Some facilities on route
Camp site: There are 2 on route, on average they are 6.1 km apart with the largest gap of 10.9 km.

Toilet: There is one 1.4 km from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
1.4 km[toilet]
Camp site
10.9 km[camp site]
Camp site
10.9 kmThe Farmyard
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