Camping in Cathedral Range State Park

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Camping at Cathedral Range

Spend a night under the stars, and wake up to the rugged ridge of the spectacular Cathedral Range. Camp at the foot of the range and choose between the peaceful ruins of Cooks Mill or the woodland clearing at Neds Gully. For the more adventurous, hike to The Farmyard and stay overnight with only lyrebirds for company.
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Cooks Mill
Tucked away next to the Little River on the site of an old timber mill, the Cooks Mill Camping Area is shaded by Peppermint, Blackwood and Red Stringybark gum trees. You must book to secure your site. Sites are not marked but are large enough for tents, with a limited area suitable for camper trailers, campervans, and caravans. Equipped with non-flush toilets, picnic tables, shelter and communal fireplaces, simply drive up and set up for a getaway with family and friends.

Neds Gully
You'll find the family-friendly Neds Gully Camping Area further north along the river and a short walk across a swing bridge. Nestled in a woodland clearing, the unmarked sites are located 50 metres from the car park. Pitch your tent on the grassy meadow for basic facilities including non-flush toilets and communal fireplaces. You must book to secure your site. 

The Farmyard
The Farmyard Camping Area is a free hike-in camping area perched high on the range near the junction of several walking trails. Ideal for a respite along a hike, stay a moment to simply rest your legs, or longer to break up your multi-day hike. No bookings required. Listen out for the resident lyrebirds welcoming you to the neighbourhood - they're known for mimicking the noises of farm animals from the valley below.

Relax at your Cooks Mill or Neds Gully campsite with the sound of the river bubbling in the background, have a picnic at Sugarloaf Saddle, and take gentle strolls through lush Manna Gum forest along The Friends Nature Trail or the Little River Walk and look for koalas snoozing overhead and the elaborately decorated architecture constructed by Satin Bowerbirds on the forest floor.

Challenge yourself with a trek to the peaks of the North and South Jawbone, or follow the steady uphill hike from Neds Gully to Neds Saddle and Neds Peak for a different perspective. More experienced hikers can continue to Cathedral Peak and see rewarding views over the Acheron River Valley.

Things to do in the area

Easy walks for families - The Friends Nature Walk, Little River Walk, Messmate Walk, St Bernards Track

Short steep walks - Neds Gully Track, Neds Peak Track, Cathedral Peak Walk, Little Cathedral Track, Jawbone Creek Track

More challenging hikes - Cathedral Range Circuit Walk, Cathedral Range Northern Circuit Walk, Cathedral Range Southern Circuit Walk, South Jawbone Peak Walk, North Jawbone Peak Walk, Razorback Track. The Canyon Track and Wells Cave Track are not recommended for children, or anyone with a fear of heights and exposed cliffs.

The highest point on the range is Sugarloaf Peak at 920m. Cathedral Peak is 840m.

Picnic at Sugarloaf Saddle Day Visitor Area or Cooks Mill.
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.

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Camping at Cathedral Range

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Camping & accommodation

Only two hours north-east of Melbourne, camp at the foot of the spectacular Cathedral Range and choose between the peaceful ruins of Cooks Mill or the woodland clearing at Neds Gully. (bookings required) For the more adventurous, hike to The Farmyard to stay overnight with only lyrebirds for company.
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Camping at Cathedral Range

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.

  • Cathedral Range State Park

    Temporarily closed

    Neds Gully Campground and Neds Gully pedestrian suspension bridge are temporarily closed until further notice. Northern circuit tracks can be accessed from Little River Track via Cooks Mill Campground. Alternative camping is available at Cooks Mill Campground

    Closure

    The Friends Nature Trail remains closed due to fire damage.

 
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