Hike to Falcon's Lookout and the Ingliston Granites

3.7 Miles Round Trip - Out-and-Back Trail

Western Bluff Carpark - Search Nearby - Added by Katie Kessel

A short hike less than an hour outside of the Melbourne CBD with an amazing lookout and optional scrambling.

This hike is very short, but since it's so close to Melbourne it's great if you want to head out mid-afternoon for a few hours and be back by dinner. 

The route I've posted is comprised of two out-and-backs and has fantastic views of the gorge from several lookouts. Please note that the second portion requires good navigational skills, as the path is marked but not well (and the path is not well-worn). However, it's fully worth it! The views are amazing, there's significant amounts of wildlife, and if you make it in spring, the wildflowers cover the entire area.

The alternative route is a loop which has a large amount of scrambling near the end. If you want to take a look at this, please take a look at the link -> Scramble Alternative

From the carpark, head down the trail, which descends then ascends quickly, winding along the river and up to a junction, at which point you head right to the Falcon's Lookout. The view is stunning, looking down on the gorge. Please be careful as there are usually rock climbers below and any rocks (large or small!) that get disloged could hit them!

Once you finish taking in the view, head back to the junction and head left towards Ingliston Granites. As mentioned before, this portion of the path is much less well-marked, but worth it! Make your way along the trail, which joins up with the fence of the property next door to the left. Follow the fence, which descends slowly into the gorge and around the lookout. When the fence stops, turning to the left, follow the markers to the left until you get to a sign marked Ingliston Granites. From here, you get a view of the river and valley below from the rocks.

Head back when you're ready the way you came (or continue on from here per the link above, which leads you from here down to the gorge) back to the carpark.

Tags

Hiking
Easy Parking
Forest
River
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

Details

3.7 Miles
Out-and-Back Trail

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Stunning views

For a short hike, you climb fairly quickly and get to see some great views. Lots of kangaroos as well in the second section.