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Sunday 30 August 2020
9:00am - 4:00pm
Labertouche VIC 3816, Australia
Join us on this interesting walk to stroll around the tracks and trails or the Labertouche geological Reserve. is a stream passage cave developed in Tynong Granite, and as well as walking, provides some wonderful caving opportunities (not to worry we’ll be staying above ground on this trip)! Possibly some muddy sections and a mixture of four-wheel drive tracks and walking trails will allow us to explore this lower section of the Bunyip State Park.
Meeting Location: Last Creek Track, Jindivick.
Park near the locked gate. Note there are no toilets at the start of this walk.
The Labertouche South Hells Gate circuit commences at the locked management gate of Last Creek Track. Follow the track past the gate and follow the track as it gradually descends south-west into a forested gully. (The track makes a number of turns at various trail junctions that are not signposted so downloading the GPX file will be beneficial). After approximately 1.2 km the track turns west and descends along the management track down a narrow spur. After crossing a gully the track then turns south before arriving at a junction, at the approximately 3.5km mark. Turning north at this point, continue for around 1km into the heart of the Labertouche Cave Geological Reserve. Here you will be able to take a quick look at the entry/exit points of the Labertouche Caves.
After exploring this area, return a short distance and locate Cave Track on your left. This track ascends along a steep spur to the north and returns you to the top of the plateau and the official Labertouche Cave carpark. From the carpark, follow the vehicle track north as it winds its way to the Robertson Creek Fireline. Turn right and follow the fireline over the summit of South Hells Gate and onto the South Hells Gate Track. This section of the trail is often used by 4WD enthusiasts and is steep, muddy and deeply rutted. Take care of any vehicles using this track. At the bottom of the first steep descent take a hard left turn and follow the track that heads south to Dugout Track. Turn right onto Dugout Track and follow it south for approximately 900m. You can in fact follow the road back to your vehicle but if you keep a keen eye out to your right you will be able to locate the start of a hiking trail that runs parallel to the road and is a lot more enjoyable to walk along. After approximately 1km you will arrive at yet another track junction. Turn left then left again after a short distance and follow this track downhill and back to the trailhead.
- Nutritious, Healthy Lunch
- Healthy Snacks
- Scenery & wildlife
- Experienced and qualified guides
- First aid & insurance.
DOES NOT INCLUDE
- Transport to and from location start point, carpooling can be arranged
- Items of a personal nature
- Travel insurance
WHAT TO BRING
- 2 -3 lt water (we have a great water bladder available on our shop site)
- A small backpack
- Medication, camera, etc...
- Sturdy walking boots, trail shoes or runners depending on the trail type and length.
- We generally recommend shorts or light pants with layers for your upper body.
- In hot weather include a hat, sunscreen and extra water with electrolytes
- In cold weather include a waterproof jacket, beanie and spare jumper.