Mount Sturgeon (Wurgarri) Walk

2 h 15 min to 3 h 30 min

6.2 km

↑ 393 m
↓ -393 m

Hard track
Starting from the Mount Sturgeon Walk Carpark on Victoria Valley Road, Dunkeld, this walk leads to Mount Sturgeon and back on a well signposted path through open woodland scattered with Grampians Gum. Kangaroos and wallabies can be spotted in the area, and the delightful flora is home to a variety of birds. In spring, you will see beautiful wildflowers in bloom. Enjoy the ever-present views on the challenging ascent to Mount Sturgeon, and take a break at one of the many lookout points along the way. Several steep sections lead through rocky terrain, and stunted vegetation dominates as the track nears the summit. From the top, you are rewarded with panoramic views of the surrounding ranges and volcanic plains over Dunkeld. Suitable for fit and energetic walkers, this hike has many steep slopes and steps, with some slippery track surfaces and loose rocks. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-37.6297126,142.3335176)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Western Highway, A8
  • Turn on to Pyrenees Highway, B180 then drive for 50 m
  • Continue onto Mortlake - Ararat Road, B180 and drive for another 18.6 km
  • Turn right onto Maroona - Glenthompson Road, B180 and drive for another 38.1 km
  • Turn right onto Henry Street and drive for another 195 m
  • Turn slight left onto Wyselaskie Street and drive for another 135 m
  • Turn right onto Memorial Road, B160 and drive for another 18.4 km
  • Turn right onto Victoria Valley Road, C216 and drive for another 2.6 km
  • Turn left and drive for another 15 m
Track Notes
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Turn map Directions & comments
Find the car park at the start.
After another 1.1 km turn left, to head along Mount Sturgeon Track.
After another 1.3 km continue straight, to head along Mount Sturgeon Track.
After another 10 m come to the viewpoint (8 m on your left).
After another 400 m come to the viewpoint (30 m on your left).
Continue another 345 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 3.1 km to get back to the start.
About 25 m past the end is "Mount Sturgeon".
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Mount Sturgeon (Wurgarri) Walk

Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 6.2 km
Time 2 h 15 min to 3 h 30 min
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)
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