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The Fortress and Mt Thackeray

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Distance - Total: 27.3km
Day 1: 4.3km
Day 2: 8km
Day 3: 15km

Time: 3 days / 2 nights

Start/Finish: Harrop Track Carpark (near Deep Creek)

Grade: 4 (Very steep, rough track, many obstacles, limited signage, many steps)

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

Elevation changes
Day 1: 560m
Day 2: 150m
Day 3: 710m

Camps:Datum used: GDA94 Zone 54

  • Deep Creek Hiker Camp GR147704
  • Fortress Hiker Camp GR157698
  • Mt Thackeray Hiker Camp GR184715

Bush camping. No bookings, no fees.

Topographic map required
Scale: 1:50,000 recommended

Day One

Harrop Track Carpark to the Fortress (4.3km - 2 Hours)

Starting at Harrop Track follow the Management Vehicle only Track for 600m through the banksia and heathland forest. The track turns to the right and rises sharply, offering spectacular views of the imposing Fortress buttress and surrounding mountainous terrain. Use the Deep Creek or Fortress Hiker Campsites.

Day Two

The Fortress to Mt Thackeray Hiker Campsite (8km - 4-4½ Hours)

After following a winding track along the ridge for about 1km, the track drops off the range and meets a 4WD track. Follow this 4WD track to the Victoria Range Track, turn left and continue to the Mt Thackeray carpark where you can bushcamp.

(Optional, walk to Mt Thackeray from carpark; see Southern Walks Brochure)

Day Three

Mt Thackeray Hiker Campsite to Harrop Track Carpark (15km - 5-5½ Hours)

Follow the Victoria Range Track for 7.5km. Turn left into Hut Creek Track, and follow until you reach Harrop Track. (During winter the creek is following - take care when crossing.) At Harrop Track turn left and return to the Carpark.