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Cathedral Range State Park

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The Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges region is home to some of Victoria's most impressive tall forests. Once logged to make masts for ships, the area is now a haven for lyrebirds, and a great place to walk, cycle, picnic or sit and relax. Follow the many walks and trails through stands of towering 100 metre high mountain ash, undulating seas of tree ferns, across clear gushing streams and past thundering waterfalls. And for those not keen to leave the comfort of their car, some of the best scenery is accessible by road too.

The Cathedral Range is a spectacular 7 km ridge of sharply upturned sedimentary rock. A variety of walking tracks offer the opportunity to climb the peaks and enjoy views of the forests and farmland in the valley below.

Things to do
- The park is ideal for bushwalking, rock climbing, fishing and camping.
- Walking tracks lead to all the major features of the park and range in difficulty from an easy walk along the Little River between Neds Gully and Cooks Mill to the very challenging, steep walk between Sugarloaf Saddle and Sugarloaf Peak which involves climbing up rock faces

Before you go
Conditions can change in parks for many reasons. For the latest information on changes to local conditions, please visit the relevant park page on the Parks Victoria website.

Be bushfire ready in the great outdoors. Refer to the Bushfire Safety section on the Parks Victoria website for tips on how to stay safe.

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More info

Local directions:

The park is about 100 km north east of Melbourne, east of Maroondah Highway between Taggerty and Buxton. The main approach along Cathedral Lane is signposted on the highway.

  • Car park
  • Camping
  • Rock climbing
  • Fishing - Estuary
  • Bushwalking