Mount Arapiles-Tooan State Park

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Mount Arapiles-Tooan State Park

Dalkaiana Wartaty Dyurrite – Welcome to Mt Arapiles. The Wotjobaluk, Jaadwa, Jadawadjali, Wergaia and Jupagulk Peoples (collectively Wotjobaluk), the Traditional Owners of this land welcome you to country.

Numerous important cultural heritage sites are evidence of the significance of Dyurrite for Wotjobaluk Peoples and the use of the area for thousands of years. 

Mt Arapiles is a spectacular feature, rising sharply from the Wimmera plains. It is one of Australia’s premier rock climbing areas, and a valuable nature conservation area, with 14% of the State’s flora species represented in the Mt Arapiles section alone.

Things to do in the area

Walking

Circuit Walk
15.0km, 3 hrs one way Starting and ending at Centenary Park Campground & Picnic Area, this mostly flat walk follows the park boundary. The walk takes in a changing landscape, views of the region and has access to the Mt Arapiles Summit via short but steep paths at the end of the circuit.

Gully Loop Walk
4.0km, 1 hr one way The Pharos Gully and Central Gully walking tracks can be combined into a loop walk and feature some spectacular views.

Nature Walk
1.0km, 30min circuit This short track on the Summit Road features spring wildflowers on an easy walk.

 

Rock climbing

Mt Arapiles is a world-renowned rock climbing area. More than 3000 routes have been established on the many cliffs, crags and  pinnacles, presenting variety and challenge for all levels of experience. A range of commercial climbing guides available from the Natimuk Post Office or the Arapiles Mountain Shop in Natimuk. 

Climbing should only be undertaken by climbers with experience and training, or under the guidance of skilled and qualified instructors.

Mt Arapiles is much loved and sees many thousands of visitors annually. Please support the long-term sustainability of climbing  here by respecting the park and other visitors. Stay on existing tracks, avoid damaging vegetation and the rock, and respect cultural sites.

Information regarding Pharos Gully boulders area

Significant Aboriginal cultural heritage, including rock art, has been rediscovered at the Pharos Gully boulders area, which includes the boulders known as Around the World, Monkey Puzzle, Superman and Finalgon.

To protect this area while a longer term management approach is determined, a protection zone and signage has been installed so that people don’t inadvertently enter this area and cause harm. More information is available in this information sheet (PDF).

Information regarding Taylors Rock (Declaration Crag)

Significant Aboriginal cultural heritage, including rock art, has been rediscovered at Taylors Rock (Declaration Crag) in Mount Arapiles-Tooan State Park.

To protect the area while a longer-term management approach is explored, Parks Victoria and Barengi Gadjin Land Council have installed signage advising people not to enter the area. The Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006 protects Aboriginal cultural heritage and significant financial penalties apply for harm caused by individuals or corporate bodies.

In addition, on 18 June 2020, an Interim Protection Declaration was approved for an Aboriginal place known as Dyurrite 1 at the Taylors Rock area. This declaration allows for significant fines if the area is disturbed. 

 

There is otherwise no change to visitor activities in the rest of the park such as rock climbing, bushwalking, camping and cycling.

Further information:

 


The campsite at Mount Arapiles

Camping in Mount Arapiles-Tooan State Park

Centenary campground is the only place to camp in Mount Arapiles-Tooan State Park. There are three camping areas withing the campground.
A couple take a tour of Spermwhale Head with traditional owners from the Gurnaikurnai Land and Water Aboriginal Corporation.

Aboriginal heritage

Learn more about the culture, history and contemporary aspirations of the Aboriginal Traditional Owners of our land.
Three friends take a break from their walk to take a photo of a Kangaroo who is equally watching them.

Wildlife viewing

Get up close and personal with some of Australia's shy native wildlife or look up to spot tree-dwelling mammals and flocks of colourful birds,

Tours in the area

Bushwalking, four-wheel driving, horse riding, kayaking, rock climbing and mountain biking are just some of the many activities you can experience in Victoria's parks.


If you want to try something new or meet some like-minded people on your next visit to a park, contact a licensed tour operator.


Parks Victoria licenses tour operators who are experts in these activities and more. They will help you get the most out of your visit.

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How to get there

Mount Arapiles-Tooan State Park

Mt Arapiles-Tooan State Park is 334km northwest of Melbourne, with access via the Wimmera Highway and Centenary Park Road. The nearest town supplies are Natimuk and major town is Horsham.

Camping & accommodation

Three camping areas are located in Centenary Park, Mount Arapiles. A combination of non-flush and flush toilets are available for campers to use. The site has communal fireplaces at some sites in the camping areas.

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Need to know

Mount Arapiles-Tooan 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.

  • Mount Arapiles-Tooan State Park

    Access restricted at the Pharos Gully boulders area

    Aboriginal cultural heritage, including rock art, has been rediscovered at the Pharos Gully boulders area, which includes the boulders known as Around the World, Monkey Puzzle, Superman and Finalgona. Public access here is currently restricted.

    Attachments: 0820_Information sheet - Pharos boulders - MATSP (1) (436KB)

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