Major Mitchell Plateau
Change of conditionsAdd change of condition
- The Major Mitchell Plateau is closed between Mt William Summit and Jimmy Creek Campground until March 2018 to facilitate extensive walking track work on the Grampians Peaks Trail. Jimmy Creek Campground remains open during this time. This closure affects First Wannon Hiker Camp and all access for day and overnight bushwalkers. at Major Mitchell Plateau Friday 15 September, 2017
Distance - Total 40.7km
Day 1: 12.7km
Day 2: 13km
Day 3: 15km
Time: 3 days / 2 nights
Start/Finish: Sheep Hills Carpark, 3km south of Mt William Road
Grade: 4 (Very steep, rough track, many obstacles, limited signage, many steps)
Experienced and self-sufficient bushwalkers who are well-prepared for all weather conditions.
Day 1: 640m
Day 2: 850m
Day 3: 190m
Datum used GDA94 Zone 54
Topographic map required Scale: 1:50,000 recommended
Sheep Hills Carpark to First Wannon Hiker Campsite (12.7km - 5 Hours)
This walk begins as a gentle stroll through a forest of Stringybark’s and Banksias before rising steadily to a ridge where you will be rewarded with great views of the neighbouring ranges and valleys. Follow the ridge until the track intersects with the Mt William Road. Follow the sealed road towards your right until you reach the Mt William Carpark. From the Carpark follow the sealed road beyond the gate towards the summit of Mt William (Duwul). Before the summit, follow an old management vehicle track along the top of the range, the track narrows and descends to Boundary Gap (Dirag). A steep rock scramble upwards brings you onto the Major Mitchell Plateau, and the First Wannon Hiker Campsite is reached shortly after.
First Wannon Hiker Campsite to Jimmy Creek Campground (13km - 5 Hours)
The track continues beyond the First Wannon Hiker Campsite along the Major Mitchell Plateau, revealing magnificent panoramic views. Keep watch for the track markers along the less conspicuous sections of the track. The track leaves the Major Mitchell Plateau and descends steeply to Stockyard Saddle; continue along a Management Vehicle Track that leads to a helipad. From the helipad, the walking track gradually winds downhill to Jimmy Creek Campground.
Jimmy Creek Campground to Sheep Hills Carpark (15km - 5 Hours)
Cross the Wannon River at the footbridge and follow the track to the Ingleton Fireline. From this intersection follow the Fireline north. Cross over Serra Road and continue along the undulating Fireline, directional signage indicates the turn-off to Sheep Hills Carpark.