Freemans Mill Walking Track – Bunyip State Park

freemans mill walking track

Located in the north-east section of the Bunyip State Park, the Freemans Mill Walking Track is a 14km return hike that includes a large campground at the halfway mark.

Starting at the Aqueduct Track at the make-shift car park under the power lines, head north for a kilometre until you come to a sign heading east on Freeman’s Mill Walking Track.

The next six kilometres follows an extremely well-formed track all the way through to Freeman’s Mill Campground.

More recently, a short boardwalk was installed along a short marshy section making it much easier to make your way through the track.

freemans mill walking track

Despite the fact that it is well-formed, the track can be muddy in places which means it’s going to be slippery underfoot.

So, make sure you’re wearing some sturdy shoes with strong grip if you are planning on doing this hike.

Furthermore, there are a couple of sections where it gets reasonably steep; especially in one particular section.

After you’ve completed this hill, it’s mostly downhill until Freemans Mill Campground.

You’ll know you’re almost there as there is a make-shift bridge several metres from the entrance to the campground.

freemans mill walking track

Aside from the popular Mortimer Picnic Ground in the south-west section of the forest, this campground would have to be the biggest one in the area.

While there are no drop toilets or similar in the campground, there is certainly plenty of room for several large groups to stay there such is the size of the area.

It’s worth noting that you’re only able to access the campground by foot as there is no public access for cars.

Lastly, there is a picnic table available as well as a small area where you can build a fire.

In closing, the Freemans Mill Walking Track was a great walk for many reasons but most of all because I had absolutely no idea what I was in for when I planned it for our MeetUp group.

freemans mill walking track

Despite the fact that it’s not an overly long hike, it is located in quite a picturesque section of the Bunyip State Park which makes it a must-do for those looking a hike where they don’t have to think too much.

I would probably label it as a Grade 3 hike because:

  • It’s a well-formed and, surprisingly, a well-signed track
  • It’s not overly difficult

I would recommend the Freemans Mill Walking Track for anyone who has a good fitness base and is okay with hiking the odd hill or two.

You really don’t have to think too much with this one which makes it a great option for beginner and experienced hikers alike.

freemans mill walking track

Getting There – Freemans Mill Walking Track

If you are coming from Melbourne, take the M1 and get off on the Sand Road exit and take a right at Princes Way. Shortly afterwards you will need to take a left at Labertouche Road.

Follow this road for some time (it will become Labertouche North Road) until you can take a left at Bunyip River Road.

Keep following this road for a short while and you will come to a t-intersection at the Aqueduct Track.

Take a right at this intersection and the make-shift car park will be in front of you.

As always, if you have the WikiLoc nav app, and wish to follow/download this track, you can do so here.

freemans mill walking track

The Stats – Freemans Mill Walking Track

Length (km): 13.48kms (according to WikiLoc)
Time: 4hrs 15mins
Moving Time: 2hr 39mins
Difficulty: Moderate (Grade 3)
Maximum Elevation: 240m
Accum. elev. uphill: 286m
Accum. elev. downhill: 286m
Return/Circuit/One Way: Return

8 Responses
    1. John Feeney

      Hey there, James! Thanks for reading the blog and reaching out. I really appreciate it.

      Absolutely you can. Be mindful, though, that section is currently closed due to the 2019 fires. I’d recommend perhaps looking at some of the other trails that are linked to Mortimer Picnic ground such as Windy Point Track or the Mortimer Circuit.

      Cheers
      John

  1. Larissa

    Hi guys, do you remember if the Tin Creek behind the campsite had water in it, and does it look like it might be a reliable source year round? Looks like that track is open again… but adjacent to a closed area. Thanks!

    1. John Feeney

      Hey Larissa! Thanks for reading our blog and taking the time to comment. Unfortunately, it has been so long since we’ve been there that we can’t say for certain. There was some there last time we were there but that some time back before the bushfires that ripped through there in 2019. Sorry we can’t be of more help!

      Cheers
      John

  2. Scott

    Hey John, thanks for the great write up.
    Things are a little different at the moment after the fires, the road to the car park is closed. We persevered and ended up parking just down Tea Tree Rd at the start of the AWD track.
    Freemans Mill Track is fairly overgrown, but definitely passable. We actually were unabel to find it on the way in, but you can just follow the Aqueduct Track instead which is a road and goes parallel to the walking track. The walking track is easy to find if you’re at the camp site.
    Hopefully this helps someone, information on this site is scarce but it is a great site.

    1. John Feeney

      Thanks, Scott. Yep no doubt the track is overgrown given my understanding that it just reopened after those terrible fires that ripped through the area recently.

      We aim to update our website as much as we possibly can to ensure we are putting out the most accurate information for our hikes. Obviously, we can’t get to every hike all the time so updating it can be a little tricky.

      Glad you enjoyed the hike, though!

      Cheers
      John

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