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Major Mitchell Plateau

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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)

Experience Required
Experienced and self-sufficient bushwalkers who are well-prepared for all weather conditions.

Elevation changes
Day 1: 640m
Day 2: 850m
Day 3: 190m

Datum used GDA94 Zone 54

Topographic map required Scale: 1:50,000 recommended

Day One

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.

Day Two

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.

Day Three

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.