The Fortress

4 h 30 min to 6 h 30 min

10.4 km

↑ 922 m
↓ -922 m

Hard track
Starting from the car park on Harrops Track, Glenisla, this return walk takes you to The Fortress and back, visiting Deep Creek Camping Area along the way. This is a fantastic walk for experienced walkers and offers panoramic views of Honeysuckle and Deep Creek that can be observed throughout the journey. The adventurers can climb the main peak of The Fortress and enjoy wider views. There are certain sections with a rocky texture along the path, and it can be slippery during the wet season, so you might want to check out the weather conditions around the area before a visit. 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.
Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-37.2824163,142.2663891)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Henty Highway, A200, Glenisla.
  • Turn on to Billywing Road then drive for 4.9 km
  • Turn slight right onto Red Rock Road and drive for another 650 m
  • Turn left onto Harrops Track and drive for another 5.9 km
  • Turn left and drive for another 2 m
Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Turn map Directions & comments
There is a car park (about 6 m back from the start).
Find the gate at the start.
After another 860 m veer right, to head along The Fortress Walk.
After another 3.1 km cross the ford.
After another 35 m come to the "Deep Creek Hiker Camp" (on your left).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This side trip takes you to the main peak of The Fortress. To start this optional side trip continue straight here. On returning from this side trip turn left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 620 m turn right.
After another 90 m continue straight.
After another 105 m turn right.
After another 125 m continue straight.
After another 235 m come to "The Fortress".
Turn around here and retrace the main route for 5.2 km to get back to the start.

This side trip takes you to the main peak of The Fortress.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start heading along The Fortress Walk.
After another 460 m turn right.
After another 30 m come to the "The Fortress Hiker Camp" (on your left).
After another 75 m come to "The Fortress (main peak)".
The end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 560 m to the main route.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

The Fortress

Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 10.4 km
Time 4 h 30 min to 6 h 30 min
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
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 2 on route, on average they are 3.8 km apart with the largest gap of 6.2 km.

Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Camp site
4 kmDeep Creek Hiker Camp
Camp site
4.7 km + 490 mThe Fortress Hiker Camp
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