Cathedral Range State Park is a two hour drive from the Melbourne CBD.
Hosting loads of campsites, hiking trails and fishing spots, the Cathedral Range is an ideal location to head to for a few days, but if you’re short on time there are some incredible day hikes that will make you grateful that you traveled here just for the day!
The drive from Melbourne is world-class and takes you through the Yarra Valley and Yarra Ranges with giant Eucalyptus Trees and huge soft tree ferns that are thousands of years old – it’s worth going just for the drive!
Cooks Mill and Neds Gully are the two main campgrounds and are both accessible by car. Keep in mind, Neds Gully requires a short walk over a foot bridge from the car park to the camping area.
If you have friends booked into Neds Gully and you’re at Cooks Mill, don’t worry – they’re both connected by the river. It’s about a 30 minute flat walk and is worth checking out when you’re looking for an easy morning stroll.
Both camp grounds have drop toilets with plenty of room per campsite. Neds Gully is spread out and more of a group of small fields, where-as Cooks Mill has you sleeping among the gum trees as each site wraps around the native Australian flora.
Single and multi-day hiking trails start at both of the campgrounds.
It’s a top pick by most Melbournians for a weekend camping trip or even are a close enough place to get out for some rock climbing, fishing and day hiking.
There are some great hikes to the summit which can be completed around three to four hours.