Starting from the Gate 3 car park at the end of Richman Valley Road, Quorn, this circuit walk takes you to the summit of Mount Brown via the Heysen Trail and the Mount Brown-Olive Grove Trail. The walk takes you past Waukarie Falls to Mt Brown summit. Take some time at the top to soak in the view from the lookout tower and read some information boards about Robert Brown in whose name the tower was built. All junctions are clearly marked, and there are usually printed walk brochures in the metal box at the trailhead. The track is relatively easy for the first couple of kilometres through the valley, and then a relentless uphill trek begins. Sturdy shoes are recommended, as some sections of this hike involve scrambling over rocky surfaces, which may become slippery after rain. 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.
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.
Turn on to Range View Road, B83 then drive for 31 km
Turn right onto McConville Road and drive for another 2.7 km
Turn right onto Richman Valley Road and drive for another 11.2 km
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started From the carpark at the end of Richman Valley Road, head towards the dense hillside woodland following the direction of the road, along the fire track. As you’re following the track veering left, it will split in two tracks in about a 100 metres from the start. Keep right and join the Heysen Trail to continue along Mount Brown Summit Hike.....
Directions & comments
After another 50 m continue straight.
After another 490 m turn left, to head along Heysen Trail.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. The side trip to the summit of Mount Brown, providing you with panoramic views over the land. To start this optional side trip continue straight here. On returning from this side trip turn right when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 4.4 km (at the intersection of Heysen Trail & Mt Brown-Olive Grove Trail) turn left, to head along Mt Brown-Olive Grove Trail.
After another 1.1 km continue straight, to head along Mt Brown-Olive Grove Trail.
After another 7 km veer right, to head along Mt Brown-Olive Grove Trail.
After another 50 m come to the end.
The side trip to the summit of Mount Brown, providing you with panoramic views over the land.
Directions & comments
At the intersection of Mt Brown-Olive Grove Trail & Heysen Trail Start heading along Heysen Trail (a walking track).
After another 840 m come to the end.
About 45 m past the end is "Mount Brown".
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 840 m to the main route.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
Mount Brown Summit Hike
4 h 30 min to 6 h 30 min
Quality of track
Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Very steep (4/6)
Clearly signposted (1/6)
Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)