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Brisbane Ranges National Park, Victoria: Address, Phone Number, Brisbane Ranges National Park Reviews: 4/5

Brisbane Ranges National Park

Brisbane Ranges National Park
Little more than an hour's drive from Melbourne takes you to the state's richest wildflower habitat. Set in a low range of mountains dissected by rocky gullies, the unusual geology of the Brisbane Ranges National Park has preserved plants that have long since vanished from other parts of the region. There are a number of options for bushwalking ranging from short walks to three-day walks. This park is also popular for picnicking, scenic drives and camping.
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Melbourne, Australia4 contributions
Lovely outing for a day
Nov 2019
The Brisbane ranges have lots of interesting walks of all grades and it is also nice to enjoy a picnic lunch at one of the many shelters.
Written March 5, 2020
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Thanks so much for taking the time to review Brisbane Ranges National Park! We hope you enjoyed your park visit, including one of the walks or a picnic lunch. We hope to welcome you back again soon. Thanks again, Parks Victoria.
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Keith J
Melbourne, Australia30 contributions
A great place for a weekend away, close to Melbourne
Jan 2020
Really nice park with lots of diversity in flora.

Ted Errey nature circuit was great - two quite steep sections, but we saw 7yr old kids managing it OK. Loads of grass trees. Lots of interesting signage to read along the way.

Boar Gully campground was very quiet with some nice short walks (make your own circuit) from there. It is not a through road so very suitable for young kids to run around.

A note on the camp sites - You cannot get a car into the site in any of them. i.e. you will need to walk your stuff from your car to the site, which is only a few metres. 1-4 have space for one car. 5-6 the car is parked on the access track. 7 is the only site suitable for camper trailers or caravans, and is the pick of the sites in my opinion.
We had a pop-top camper, booked site 6 but didn't stay there because the car was not off the road. 7 has heaps of room. If your setup is car-based camping (eg. fridge in car) then book site 7!
Written January 17, 2020
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Singapore, Singapore4,700 contributions
What wild flowers?
Nov 2018
The park itself is good for hiking and maybe picnic but in terms of sights like Werribee s gorge and riverscape there is nothing of such to excite hard core bush hikers like me

Saw many grass trees and magpies n rosellas and that s about it.

This should be more aptly classified as a state park rather than a national park to down play overseas visitors or hikers.

If you visit the States, you would note there will be state and national parks and monuments. Brisbane will not fit the bill of a national park.

A few miles away you will have the chance to see a ghost town but don’t expect a town as you would in the States but a few well preserved buildings.
Written November 8, 2018
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Melissa C
Melbourne, Australia114 contributions
Ted Errey Nature Circuit 8kms return
Mar 2018 • Couples
We hiked the Ted Errey Nature Circuit over the Easter long weekend. I’m so glad we chose this longer hike over the Anakie Gorge Walk as it meant we only saw three other groups the whole day (when there were quite a few families walking the easier Gorge walk). With the reduced foot traffic we were lucky enough to spot a Koala and an Echidna plus lots of birds and lizards. It’s a shame that with this place being one of the last meaningful wildlife refuges in the area people insist on taking their dogs to the park. The track was easy to follow, couple of steep and rocky sections so definitely not suitable for prams. Take your lunch and you can enjoy views of the Ranges. The country is really dry at the moment, the ground appears baked in some places, dusty in others and plenty of evidence of bushfires in years prior. So I think this hike would be uncomfortable in temps in the high 20s plus, it was perfect in the low 20s but take at least a couple of litres of water per person. We parked at the Stony Creek Camp Ground, the access road to which is almost unsuitable for a normal car as it’s dirt and starting to get some bad erosion.
Written April 1, 2018
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Geelong, Australia228 contributions
So much on offer
Oct 2016 • Family
A great place for bushwalking, camping, picnic, etc. my wife and I took our 1 year old to the park for a walk and we cooked lunch at one of the fire pits provided! Waiting for the weather for fine up and match up with a couple of days off and we will be back to camp for sure!!
Written October 21, 2016
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Geelong, Australia22 contributions
One of the best Ghost Town's around!
Jun 2016 • Friends
Having just read Stan K's review (Oct 2014) had to put something up here about the Brisbane Ranges, and the historic, 'living ghost town' of Steiglitz.
Thousands of visitors enjoy this bush and its historic remnants each year. Every weekend you'll see Friday's picnic grounds packed (the only official Parks camping ground)...with all types of people enjoying the basic, yet great facilities and stunning surrounds.
I have to strongly disagree with Stan about the planes. Although some planes and copters fly high overhead occasionally, they ARE NOT Parks rangers spying on people. If anyone knows how much it costs to fly a chopper, and how broke Parks actually are, you'd know this simply isn't a possibility. They neither have the money, nor the time.

If you look closely you'll see the occasional helicopter flying overhead is either an air ambulance, or simply enthusiasts from the very popular local Lethbridge airport.

So to all thinking of visiting Steiglitz and camping at Friday's Picnic/Camp ground...please do. Promise, you won't be constantly buzzed by either flying/spying Rangers, or watched by Rangers parked on some hill with binoculars. All this spying simply does not happen...and if you know how dense the bush is, you'll understand why it's impossible.
As to the's found everywhere, not restricted to certain areas....and everywhere in large amounts. Snakes, kookaburras, barking owls (not dingoes, koalas (yes, many died in the 2006 fires, though are coming back strong), kangaroos, and many more, abound...everywhere, and at all times of the day. So bring a camera, binoculars, sketch pad, and a comfy seat; you're in for a treat!

Though please, if you see roos, do not think to pick up a large stick with the aim of attacking any of them. They will NOT attack you. Nor will they call to their mates to come and gang up on you.
Kangaroos travel as a family. One made up of a few females, babies of various ages, and one very protective male. Who is usually huge. You'll often see younger males (who haven't yet got 'wives' of their own) hanging around on the edges of a bigger pack. Though this does not equate to a 'gang'; especially one who goes around looking to attack stray campers.
Yes, roos are wild creatures, and if starving (as in the recent drought) will eat anything. Hunger may even drive some to risk coming close to humans. Though bread actually makes them very ill, so please don't try to feed them anything.

And as with any living creature, if cornered, feeling threatened, scared, or protecting their family, a kangaroo will stand up to its full height (to hopefully scare you off), stare straight at you, and loudly cough. That cough is a warning. Pay attention!

Sorry you seemingly had such a horrid time at Steiglitz Stan. Especially because I've always found this is such a stunningly unique area...with both rare wildlife and wildflowers. While the little ghost town (Steiglitz) is actually considered one of Victoria's most important education tools regarding life in the early gold rush days...and is just magical.

Perhaps you'd see it in a much more enjoyable light if you came to visit again when the little town has it's annual late October. It's a hoot!
While camping isn't for everyone, you might really enjoy the quirky day they put on.

Needless to say, I love everything about this area...especially at this time of year...the ground is blanketed in green, roos have full bellies, birdsong fills the daytime air and frogs the night, and the various dams are finally full.
For me, the perfect place to come recharge your batteries before another hectic week in town.
Hope you find that the case too.
Written June 17, 2016
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Geelong, Australia59 contributions
Great walks, good for picnics, bbq's, great place for kids to runaround.
Apr 2016 • Family
We recently have been to both the Stony Creek Picnic Ground and Boar Gully picnic ground. Stony Creek is not too far off the Geelong Road, the roads have been done up and are accessible for most cars. The picnic area is really nice, at present the Gas BBQ is not working, it was vandalised, there are open fire grates or you can bring your own. There are a number of tables there and also some toilets. You can walk from here to Anakie Gorge (takes about an hour both ways) and there is also a much shorter walk up to the Reservoir. Its quite interesting to see the Reservoir at present as its empty. There are various information boards about the Lower Stony Creek Reservoir giving its history. Its beautifully quiet here, a great place for kids to runaround. We saw a wallaby near the picnic ground and there are various parrots around too.
Well worth a trip if you are a nature lover. A word of warning though, its been very dry there.
We also visited the Boar Gully picnic ground recently, its very dry there. There is a toilet, one picnic table and one small open fire place. There is a nice walk along the river bed there, which is completely dry. We walked a fair way. It was lovely and quite.
There are other areas of the Brisbane Ranges to visit, Anakie Gorge is lovely too, it has a picnic area with toilets.
Written May 10, 2016
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Liana H
4 contributions
Lovely quiet afternoon
Mar 2016
I spent 7 peaceful hours in Anakie Gorge taking photos of birds and enjoying the gorgeous scenery. I'll be returning this weekend to explore some more!
Written March 12, 2016
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Pauly B
Melbourne, Australia145 contributions
Some great...but camp sites and many varied walks and hikes
Feb 2016 • Family
A great location only an hour north west of Melbourne. Some decent camping sites, including Friday's, offer basic but well positioned (close to town and near many hikes and walks) and are family friendly. There's a range of trails that run through and around the park and offer a glimpse into our gold mining past; the ruins of the Alliance mine are only 500m South of Friday's and worth a look. The ghost town of Stieglitz has a courthouse run by volunteers and is now operated as a museum full of local historical items.
Written February 29, 2016
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Melbourne, Australia297 contributions
9to5explorer: 5* Park for hike, and peace
Sep 2015 • Couples
Visited many times. What we love about it is you can still have the park to yourself if you time your visit well, off peak, and early or late. That way, you'll see the best of the wildlife too. We've only seen koalas once, but plenty of wallabies, and bird life. We've probably used the Anakie Gorge Trail the most. Simple flat path, maybe two hours return at a very leisurely pace. It's not a loop though, so you have to retrace your steps. Great bushland, great peace and quiet.
Written December 15, 2015
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