Waratah Loop, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia
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Waratah Loop

Grade: Easy to medium (four-wheel drive only)

Distance: 242 kilometres

Duration: Full day or overnight

Start out in Orbost's Forest Park and make your way to Woods Point Picnic and Camping Ground. From here travel along Garnetts Track to Raymond Creek Falls and take the 400-metre walk to the falls that plunge 20 metres within a spectacular amphitheatre of volcanic rock. From here, head to Hicks Campsite for the night. Alternatively, cross the Rodger River to the Jacksons Crossing Camping Ground, where Aboriginal relics have been found as evidence of hunting by people in the Kruatungulung group of the Kurnai Aborigines. Waratah Flat Campground on the Rodger River is the next campsite.

A windy route leads to Martins Creek Scenic Reserve, which adjoins the Warm Temperate Rainforest, Martins Creek Flora and Fauna Reserve. Travelling south takes you to Mt Buck Fire Tower and after stopping at Youngs Creek Picnic Area to walk to a waterfall and the old Orbost water reservoir, you'll make your way back to Orbost.

Warnings: Log truck traffic. Should be undertaken by experienced four-wheel drivers only. 4WD low range is required with high ground clearance. Some tracks are narrow, rocky and have slippery sections. Varneys Track into Jacksons Crossing is narrow and involves crossing the Rodger River.

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