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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Warby Range State Park

Warby Range State Park is just north of the town of Glenrowan, about 250 km NE of Melbourne. It is 11,460 ha in area, and named after Ben Warby, a pastoralist who settled in the area in 1844.

The 400 m rocky escarpments are believed to have been used by the Kelly gang as a lookout.
There is one camping ground, "Whenams".

In 2002, the park was expanded to include the state forest of Killawarra as part of a program of protecting Box-Ironbark forests.

On Sunday May 24 2009, we visited this Park, which included a 9 km (return) hike to the Mt Glenrowan Summit, 510 m above sea level, the highest point, at the extreme southerly end of the Range.

The Summit is reached from Ridge Track, which starts at the gate at a car park at Tamnick Gap Rd, accessed from Wangaratta Rd.

The track ascends steeply for the first 1 km to the communications towers, at about 300 m, and offers commanding views to the west. From there to the Summit the track is levels off, undulating, passing through regrowth forest and many beautiful grass trees. The Track ends at the newly constructed radio towers at the summit, with spectacular views over Glenrowan to the Ovens Valley, the Mt Buffalo National Park and the Victorian Alps.

Our visit to the Park concluded with a drive along the western perimeter past Mt Bruno, for a short stop at Ryan's Lookout, in the central section. This produced nice views to the east, across nearby Wangaratta and the distant Alps. The lookout, a wooden structure with a metal grill, is reached from a short foot-track at the car park.

See the full set of Photos of our visit!

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