A pleasant walk in the Warby – Ovens National Park past grass trees and diverse indigenous tree-scapes to a Lookout with sweeping views.
5km. Grade 3 – intermediate. Approx 2 hours depending on your inquisitiveness.
You will find this gravel track in the north western section of the Warby – Ovens National Park, approximately 10km to the west of Wangaratta. This is Yorta Yorta country. The area is defined by the dry granitic hills of the Warby Range.
There is a directional sign from Wangandary Road where you turn onto Ridge Road. The car park is just off Ferris Road a little beyond the Ridge Road intersection. There is plenty of room. It is a “Maintenance Vehicles Only” gravel track that doesn’t look like it gets a great deal of use (or maintenance), so there isn’t likely to be much competition for parking or walking space.
The walk traverses Red Stringybark (Eucalyptus macrorhyncha), Blakely Red Gum (Eucalyptus blakelyi), She Oak (Casuarina) and White Cypress Pine (Callitris glaucophylla) woodlands to a rocky prominence. Austral Grass Trees (Xanthorrhoea) are a feature.
The views look across the farmland and flood plains west to Dookie at Mt Major and north west toward Tungamah.
The track is never particularly steep. However, there are sections with a modest rise, some erosion, loose rock, sand and dust / mud drifts. If you are unsteady on your feet it might be on the awkward side at times and worth carrying a walking stick.
The lookout area itself is signed. It consists of a prominent range top hillock. It has great views across a patchwork of hills, pasture and cropping land. There is no established track around the hillock as such, but you can tread carefully amongst the rocks, scrub and grass to navigate your way around to enjoy approximately 180 degrees of vista.
Birdlife can be rewarding, with observations of threatened species such as the Barking Owl and Turquoise Parrot possible. Squirrel and Feathertail Gliders also share this habitat with impressive Carpet Pythons. Keep your eyes open! Treat their space with respect.
Trailhead and destination signs
Flora and fauna habitat
Warby – Ovens camping sites are available at Wenhems Camp, Booth Rd
Limbs may fall
No potable water
Snakes may be active
Tracks may not be clear
Mobile reception may be unreliable
Carry food, water, First Aid, be SunSmart
Be equipped for self-reliant hiking
Roads may be impassable
Grasstrees in this area are vulnerable to Phytophthora Cinnamomi fungus. Please keep to the walking tracks to prevent spreading the disease.
Take rubbish with you
Do not remove soil or rock
Native flora and fauna are protected
No fires permitted
Closed on days of total fire ban
No 4WD or motor bike access
Drivers/riders must: use formed roads only, be licensed, be registered