Mt Franklin view walk/ride

MT FRANKLIN WALK/RIDE (14.7 km)

Hepburn Springs Reserve – Porcupine Ridge Rd

The trailhead for this track is at the south-eastern car park in the Hepburn Springs Reserve. The first section past Jacksons Lookout to Womans Gully is walkers-only. Start at the far end of the southernmost car park at the reserve, just past a toilet block.


Climb out of Womans Gully to reach clear views of the distinctive pine-clad, steep-walled crater of Mt Franklin. Over a ridge, dropping down to the head of Beehive Gully where sluicing for gold led to extensive gully erosion resembling a mini Grand Canyon 10-15m deep.

At the Chocolate Mill, cross the Midland Highway. Along gravel Sawpit Gully Rd for 4km before diverging onto a singletrack into bush. Steady climb up track above Tarilta Gorge before tracking along the ridge line with occasional northern views, then a gentle descent to Porcuoine Ridge Road.

SUPPLIES & FACILITIES

BBQ facilities and mineral water available at the Hepburn Mineral Springs Reserve. Car parking and you can buy drinks at the Chocolate Mill. Car parking at Sawpit Gully Rd, with its junction with the Midland Highway. Bush camping for walkers in Tarilta Gorge (water is seasonal and should be purified).

Refer maps 18 - 20 of the Goldfields Track Walk or Ride Guide

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