Cathedral Range State Park

Cathedral Range State Park

Cathedral Range State Park

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Cathedral Range State Park

Parks Victoria respects the deep and continuing connection that Taungurung Traditional Owners have to Cathedral Range State Park, and we recognise their ongoing role in caring for Country.

The jagged ridges of the Cathedral Range offer spectacular views and some of the best hiking in the state. Take a gentle walk along the Friends Nature Trail or prepare to tackle the rugged and challenging Razorback Trail or circuit routes. Either way you won't forget the awesome views.

Spend a night under the stars in the company of native wildlife such as kangaroos and lyrebirds. Camp by the ruins of Cooks Mill or escape the crowds at The Farmyard hike-in camping area. There are easy walks including the Friends Nature Trail and the tranquil Little River Walk.

Experienced walkers can tackle the Razorback Trail or take an overnight hike through Cathedral Range State Park. Follow the Southern or Northern Circuit through open forest and up rocky ridges for breathtaking views across the park.

There's also rock climbing for beginners and experts. Practice bouldering at The Boulders or try the tricky Sugarloaf Saddle or North Jawbone. A small stand of the world's tallest flowering tree, the Mountain Ash, can be found at Sugarloaf Saddle. Some of these amazing plants approach 90m in height.

Things to do in the area

 
Two Grandparents and a mother sit by the camp fire while a young child plays in the background.

Cooks Mill Camping Area

The camping area is located at the start of Lowerson Track off Little River Road just before it crosses the river. This shady campground is located among tall trees on the banks of Little River.

Neds Gully Camping Area

The camping area is located by crossing the bridge off Little River Road towards Neds Gully Track. The campground is situated 50 meters from the car park.
A 10 year-old girl and her grandmother walk through the lush green valley next to Little River.

Friends Nature Trail

Suitable for families, this gentle 2km one-hour circuit walk is a great alternative to the more strenuous walks up on the Range. Crossing footbridges over Storm Creek and Little River, and passing the old sawmill, the trail is a fantastic place to take in the sights, sounds and smells of a Manna Gum forest. To access the walk, follow the signs from Cooks Mill campground.
A mother and young daughter walk across Sugarloaf Saddle in magnifficent panoramic views either side of them.

Razorback Trail

This track links The Farmyard to Sugarloaf Peak. It crosses exposed rocky outcrops. Look for the markers to help you keep to the track This walk is rated hard with an expected duration of two hours.
A woman in a purple shirt scrambles up through rocky terrain along the path.

Sugarloaf Saddle

Park information, picnic ground, parking and toilets are available at Sugarloaf Saddle, which is the starting point for walks such as Canyon Track and Wells Cave Track.
A man leading a woman up through rocky terrain at Canyon Track

Canyon Walk

The short but challenging Canyon Walk ascends from the Sugarloaf Saddle Day Visitor Area to the mesmerising panoramas of Sugarloaf Peak (920m). Climb to the highest peak on the Sugarloaf Range, through open eucalypt forest, up rugged rock faces to see the jagged ridge stretch out before you.

Wells Cave Track

Climb through open eucalypt forest via Wells Cave Walk, before scrambling through Wells Caves and rock-climbing to the highest point on the Range. Stand atop Sugarloaf Peak (920m) and see the rugged ridge of Cathedral Range stretch out before you.
Two Grandparents and a mother sit by the camp fire while a young child plays in the background.

Camping in Cathedral Range

Spend a night under the stars, and wake up to the rugged ridge of the spectacular Cathedral Range.

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Cathedral Range State Park

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Cooks Mill and Neds Gully provide lovely shady sites beside the river, perfect for a summer camping trip.

Need to know

Cathedral Range State Park

Change of Conditions

Nature being nature, sometimes conditions can change at short notice. It’s a good idea to check this page ahead of your visit for any updates.

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Parks

    Seasonal road closures 2022

    Some roads in this park are subject to seasonal road closures. Seasonal road closures generally operate from after the long weekend in June through to the end of October, but may be extended due to seasonal conditions. Visit the seasonal road closures page for maps and more information.

  • Cooks Mill Camping Area (Cathedral Range State Park)

    Cooks Mill Camping Area Closed for Arborist works - 19th -20th October

    Cooks Mill Camping Area will be closed for camping on the 19th and 20th October whilst important tree works are undertaken within the campground. Access to the toilets for day visitors will not be possible during this time. 

    Neds Gully Camping area will remain open for camping during this time.

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Sites

    Arborist tree works being undertaken on Canyon Track/Wells Cave Track - 19th-20th October - Expect some delays

    Arborists will be conducting tree works on the Canyon Track/Wells Cave Track on the 19th -20th October. Although the track will remain open for hikers, delays are expected.

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