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Mount Cobbler Summit

This is a guest article by Monique Winterhoff.

Reaching the summit of Mount Cobbler can be quite challenging, but the outstanding 360-degree views of the Victorian Alps make the trek well worth the effort.

The climb to Mount Cobbler can be done as part of a longer trail, the Mount Cobbler Plateau Circuit, but one of the simplest routes to take is the four-hour return walking track from Lake Cobbler up to the summit of the mountain. Lake Cobbler is around a five-and-a-half-hour drive north-east from Melbourne, where four-wheel drive vehicles are recommended, as roads can be rough for two-wheel drive vehicles past Bennies. It is recommended to check the Parks Victoria website for road and trail conditions ahead of time, as the trail is only accessible in warmer months due to closure of the Alpine National Parks roads during winter.

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The trail starts 50 metres east of Cobbler’s Hut at Lake Cobbler, following along an old four-wheel drive track before descending to a small creek crossing. From there, the trail has a short, steep climb before easing into a moderate slope. For the majority of the trail, the hike is through beautiful eucalypt forests, surrounded by mountain gums and broad-leafed peppermints. Closer to the peak, the forest opens out to patches of heathland, grassland and herb fields growing between rocky escarpments. In spring, the wildflowers begin to bloom, resulting in a flurry of pinks, reds and yellows along the trail. At the mountain's summit, there are spectacular 360-degree views of Victoria's stunning alpine region.

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Though the elevation and exposed terrain allows for spectacular views at the summit, this does mean exposure to the elements, so it is important to check the weather forecast before heading out for the hike. However, with a bit of planning, the hike to Mount Cobbler can make for an unforgettable weekend trip.

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SUMMARY

  • Spectacular views over the Victorian Alps.
  • Endemic alpine flora.
  • Summit reaching 1,628m in elevation.
  • 5.5-hour drive north-east from Melbourne.
  • Be wary of weather and driving conditions.

LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY

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Monique Winterhoff is a MSc student at the University of Melbourne studying blood parasites in small mammals on the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia. One of her interests is the combination of art and science, using art as a medium for communicating scientific research.


All images courtesy of Monique Winterhoff.

Mount Lofty

A short and simplE walk close to the city; Mount Lofty gives some fantastic views of the Yarra River, Dandenong Ranges, and the surrounding Warrandyte area. 

The view from the top: the surrounding Yarra Valley region. 

Review

This is one of the more accessible walks that can be found inside a state or national park in the Melbourne region. Mt Lofty is just a short drive out of the Eastern Suburbs, located near to Wonga Park, Warrandyte.

The walk is about 4.5 km’s and can be done in well under 2 hours if you’re not intending to rest. However, there is a relaxing picnic area by the Yarra River and another that gives great views of the valley that are both worth stopping at.

The park was once farmland and the old farm house is still present. The walk itself takes you through young forest meandering along the river and eventually opens up into a dirt track that leads up a slight incline to the top of the mountain. Here you’ll get some great views of the surrounding region; the river, valley, and a nearby golf course.

Suitable for young kids right through to retirees, it is a simple and easy walk with few difficult climbs. While you’re unlikely to see any extraordinary wildlife, the scenery is well worth the visit, making it the perfect walk for a picnic lunch with the family.

This part of the Yarra is also popular with those interested in canoeing and kayaking, and if you’re lucky you may see a duck-billed platypus.       


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Summary:         

  1.  Relaxing river rest-stop       

  2.  Great views of the Yarra Valley region       

  3.  An easy walk for all ages         

  4. Close to the eastern suburbs