Without a doubt, the jewel in the crown of hiking in the Marysville area would have to be the Keppel Lookout via Steavenson Falls trail.
A near-on 15km hike, it takes in some amazing views of the surrounding Marysville area via Keppel Lookout.
As well as some of the main attractions in town – Steavenson Falls and parts of the Steavenson River.
Now, you can start this hike virtually anywhere along the way, but our MeetUp group started it from the car park of the Information Centre located on Murchison Street.
This is where the Tree Fern Gully Trail begins; a gravel track surrounded by – you guessed it – ferns that gently rises to Steavenson Falls.
It’s not an overly tough section of the overall hike and is ideal for those looking for a shorter hike to do in the area.
The falls are a great place to stop for a break and to take a million photos both at the bottom and top viewing platforms.
On a clear day, the view at the top is absolutely spectacular and showcases much of the regrowth after the fires in 2009.
From the top lookout point, backtrack momentarily and follow the trail up to Keppel Lookout.
You won’t miss the trailhead, as this point, much like the entire walk, is well-signed.
Given you are heading to a lookout point, this section of the hike is a gradual uphill climb with some nice views along the way.
Much of the trail is clay, so please be mindful of where you step as it can get slippery after a dewy morning.
All that work will be worth it as the view from Keppel Lookout is ridiculously good.
We were fortunate enough to be up there on a relatively clear day and were able to clearly see the Cathedral Ranges off in the distance.
From here, it is a gradual descent back into town. Mind your step in the first section after the lookout as it is a sharp descent with a few decent corners to boot.
Overall, this is a fantastic hike and one I would recommend for most hikers who have a good level of fitness.
If you have never done 15kms before, don’t let it put you off! Take your time, take in the views and the seemingly daunting task of hiking that far won’t seem as bad.
The Stats – Keppel Lookout via Steavenson Falls
Length (km): 14.9km (according to WikiLoc)
Time: 4hr 27 mins
Moving Time: 3hr 55 mins
Average Speed: 3.34km/h
Maximum Elevation: 846m
Accum. elev. uphill: 451m
Accum. elev. downhill: 451m
Return/Circuit/One Way: Circuit