Lake Tali Karng via Gillios Track

lake tali karng

Following on from the previous article, our group hiked south-west to Lake Tali Karng via the steep Gillios Track.

And when I say steep, I really mean it. The trail descends 600 metres from the top to Lake Tali Karng.

There are two ways to get to the lake, and while the Gillios Track is much shorter compared to the Echo Point and Riggal Spur Track, it’s certainly much steeper.

The trail itself is similar to any trail you would find in the bush i.e. well-formed and in amongst lots of trees.

lake tali karng

The trail is fairly straight forward coming out of Nyimba campsite. However, when you come to the junction at Gillios Track and Riggal Spur Track, that’s when it begins to really descend.

I would consider the first 2-3 kilometres a gradual decline, and the third kilometre is when you really start to concentrate on your balance and where you are placing your feet.

lake tali karng

Given the recent storms we’ve just had, we encountered many fallen trees and branches. So, if you are up there anytime soon, be prepared to jump over all sorts of tree obstacles.

The last kilometre of the trail will really test your knees and balance as it winds its way downhill without any flat terrain.

I would strongly recommend bringing a set of hiking poles or finding a sturdy stick to balance yourself because it is extremely easy to fall.

lake tali karng

After an hour and forty-five minutes of hiking and trying not to fall over, we had made it to Lake Tali Karng.

All that hard work was totally worth it as the view of the lake is unreal. There isn’t a hell of a lot to do around there, so we relaxed and had a bit of a look around the area.

However, if you feel so inclined, you can go for a swim in the lake as one of our group chose to do.


Some History About The Lake

Often referred to as the ‘hidden lake’, Lake Tali Karng was formed because of a massive landslide that was said to have occurred about 1500 years ago.

Tons of rocks had collapsed into the area now known as the Valley of Destruction.

The area is also a sacred place to the Gunaikurnai people and they have given permission for people to visit there provided they don’t camp by the lake.

Unfortunately, we could see remnants of people who had camped there and had also made campfires.

the sentinels

Rather than head back up Gillios Track to get back to Nyimba, we went up the Echo Point Track which leads to an intersection at Riggal Spur Track.

Unfortunately, I was unable to record the return journey on WikiLoc as there was no reception at the lake for me to do so.

However, if you would like to download the trail we took to get to Lake Tali Karng, you can do so here.

The Stats – Lake Tali Karng via Gillios Track

Length (km): 4.08km (according to WikiLoc)
Time: 1hr 46 mins (1hr 34 mins moving time)
Average Speed: 2.21 km/h
Difficulty: Difficult
Maximum Elevation: 1477m
Accum. elev. uphill: 0m
Accum. elev. downhill: 604m
Return/Circuit/One Way: One way/return (recommend one way and returning another way)

8 Responses
      1. Steve

        Easily reachable by foot and you can go a long way up from pool to pool, just watch out for snakes. You can also climb up to the top of the scree that comes down to meet the lake so I’ve been told!

        1. John Feeney

          Hi Steve, thanks for taking the time to respond. I really appreciate it. Yeah I’ve heard of a few alternative ways to get to the lake. Some of them sound fairly hectic.


        1. John Feeney

          Hi Jane,

          You can’t access it via car; only walk in. We’ve only ever hiked into LTK from McFarlanes Saddle car park and then onto Gillios Track from Nyimba.


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