Cathedral Ranges Southern Day Adventure

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Cooks Mill Camp Ground, Taggerty
Cathedral Range State Park
Max People : 10
The Adventure
Cathedral Ranges Southern Circuit

***Minimum of 5 people required***

Often considered the hardest day hike in Victoria, the Cathedral Ranges Southern Circuit is, like its northern neighbour, a challenging yet rewarding 11km hike. 

Starting off our day at Cooks Mill campground, we’ll head south and follow Messmate Track before we make our way to Sugarloaf Peak via Wells Cave Track. You will be required to climb various sections here unassisted. Make no mistake – this section of the hike isn’t easy and is largely the reason why this is considered a difficult day hike.

But, the reward is worth the effort as you’ll be treated to some spectacular 360-degree views from Sugarloaf Peak and delicious lunch courtesy of Suburban Wholefoods. We’ll then follow the Razorback Track for 2.5kms to the Farmyard – literally the central meeting point of both the Northern and Southern Circuit – and then make our way back down to Cooks Mill campground.

In partnership with Suburban Wholefoods, adventurers will also have the choice of 1x wrap & 2x protein balls for their lunch for the day. Options include:


Chicken & cheese
Egg, bacon & cheese

Protein balls

Peanut Butter & Chocolate
Salted Caramel

Basic Booking – $65

Booking with Transport – $90

Track Grading

We deem this hike to be a Grade Four hike in accordance with the Australian Walking Track Grading System which refers to a track that “is recommended for experienced bushwalkers”. To find out more about this Grading System, click here.

It includes a consistently steep hike up to Sugarloaf Peak that requires both hiking, rock scrambling, and unassisted climbing via Wells Cave Track. Furthermore, the trail across the Razorback Track is rocky and consistently uneven, and therefore rock scrambling is required. Our guides are there to support and lead you but you will need strong fitness to hike potentially 6-7 hours across this type of terrain. If you are unsure, just coming back to hiking or recovering from injury/surgery we strongly urge you to please contact us to chat about whether this hike is suitable for you.


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Departure & Return Location

Booking with Transport

Russell Street Extension

Dep: 7:15am sharp, Arr: approximately 6:15pm

Basic Booking

Cooks Mill Campground, Taggerty

Please meet at the centre campsite car park at 9:15am sharp on your right as you cross the bridge at Cooks Mill. We will depart at 9:30am sharp and finish at approximately 3:45pm.


Price Includes

  • Experienced and Knowledgable Guides
  • Transport
  • Suburban Wholefoods Wraps & Protein Balls
  • Water
  • First Aid & Insurance

Price Excludes

  • Personal Expenses
What to Bring
  • Day Pack
  • Lightweight Clothing
  • Sturdy Hiking Boots/Trail Runners
  • Camera
  • A willingness to have fun and explore