Cathedral Ranges Traverse
Less than 2 hours from Melbourne, the Cathedral Ranges are an amazing destination for a weekend adventure. Adventurous trails, great campsites, stuning views and the opportunity to try out an abseil! It is one of the best venues for adventure close to Melbourne!
Traverse the jagged Ridge from North to South
Opportunity to try abseiling
Hassle free with equipment and food supplied
While this weekend adventure is open to people of all (or no) experience, you will need an average or above level of fitness, as well as be comfortable on very uneven ground. There are prolonged sections of the ridge that involve lots of scrambling and climbing up over rock sections and in some areas we are also exposed to heights. So a good mind for heights, or an attitude to be challenged are required!
Day 1: Morning briefing, hike up to Cathedral Peak, then to our established campsite. Tented camp.
Day 2: Continue the traverse, abseil from Sugarloaf Peak, descend Wells Cave, desend to Sugarloaf Saddle, then return to start and depart!
Day 1 - Arrival and hike!
We'll meet as planned at 8:30am at the Cooks Mill campgrounds where we'll have a breifing for the weekend including a check of gear to make sure we're all prepared. Once we're all checked off we'll have a last minute water fill and toilet stop before departing. We'll hike on the flat valley for less than an hour, before we turn and begin our climb to the northern end of the range. It could take us 1.5-2 hours of a steady climb to reach the ridgeline, and then a little more if we decide to take the side trip to The Cathedral. We'll have lunch somewhere with a stunning view, then begin our traverse along the jagged ridge to camp in the saddle called the 'Farmyard'. We'll arrive at the farmyard to our camp set up for us, the kettle boiled and snacks on the table! Then relax until dinner is cooked for us!
Day 2 - Traverse, abseil and home!
This action packed day starts early with a hearty breakfast, we leave camp and continue the traverse. Today involes a lot of scrambling and uneven terrain, while we wont be covering great distances we'll be moving slowly and concentrating hard! We should reach Sugarloaf peak in around 2 hours, where we'll rest as the abseil is being established. We'll abseil straight off the summit around 25 meteres down to a track below, then descened through Well's cave all the way to Sugarloaf saddle, where we'll enjoy a great lunch in the picnic shelter. After lunch we'll walk the last 4.5kms on a well formed trail down the valley to our starting point where we'll farewell and depart around 3-4pm.
This expedition costs $320* twin share, ex Cooks Mill Campground, Cathedral Range State Park.
*minimum number of bookings required, see ts & c's for full details
Expedition led by one of our Australian Super Guides
Support staff to portage equipment, set camps, cook etc
Fully supported campsite
All group and camp equipment, ie tents, mattress, table, cooking equipment etf
All meals and snacks from arrival to departure; 2x lunch, 1 x dinner, 1 x breakfast and snacks.
All permit and camping fees
Transport to and from the meeting point
Personal clothing and equipment
We have a range of equipment available for hire if there is anything you dont have! Including backpacks, sleeping bags and rain gear. Please get in contact with us to discuss!