Leanganook Summit Walk/Ride
Specimen Gully Road junction – Sutton Grange Rd Walk 15.1 km or Ride 13.7 km
For the whole of this walk the walkers and riders go separate ways. The former have a longer and much more challenging option as they climb Mount Alexander, while the riders have a relatively flat route via the village of Harcourt.
Walkers encounter a longish climb almost immediately after starting, and then descend to pass under the Calder Freeway. Next feature is Harmony Way (the former Calder Highway), and soon after this the walk skirts a granite quarry and heads via a walking easement onto the now forested (mainly manna gum) granite country that forms the Mount Alexander range, largely denuded of trees by the 1860s. The walk goes through the former Koala Park towards the top of the range via the Dog Rocks, a collection of granite tors onto the gently sloping, summit ridge at Langs Lookout with excellent views to the north and east.
At the top of the initial climb up Mount Alexander, sit and enjoy the views from Ed’s Seat – constructed from koala park fence parts by GDTA member, Ed Butler and a Conservation Volunteers Australia crew.
Keep an eye out for a track branching right immediately north of the seat, leading 1.3km east to the Leanganook picnic and camping ground, with fireplaces, toilet block and vehicle access (point no. 10 on map 28 of the Goldfields Track: Walk or Ride Guide).
The descent from the summit down the eastern flank toward Sutton Grange Road is studded with huge granite tors interspersed by an unusual and beautiful old growth open woodland with large, spreading manna gums and yellow box trees.
View from Langs Lookout
Page last updated 09 January 2018