Spring is the perfect time for a visit to South Cathedral Farm. By night you can sip on a fabulous local wine from our collection while you get cozy in front of the fire or enjoy the spa in your favourite cottage. By day the beautiful spring weather gives you the opportunity to take part in the many Cathedral Ranges walks available just down the road. We highly recommend a wine tasting after your walk before heading back to the cottage to take in the sunset over the mountain.
Here are our top three must-see Cathedral Ranges walks:
1. Little River Track – Easy walk with gentle hills and a few slopes 2.7km /45 minutes one way
This pleasant walk will take you along the river between the two camping areas: Neds Gully and Cooks Mill. Each time we’ve been we can hear the lyrebirds and if you are nice and quiet you might just get a glimpse of this wonderful species putting on a show. There is plenty of flora and fauna throughout the Cathedral Ranges State Park so make sure you take your camera as most will be active and flourishing during spring. On this walk, located at Cooks Mill, you will find remnants of early European settlement. This is the kind of walk where you can allow yourself some extra time to simply take in the surroundings and enjoy being in nature.
2. Neds Gully Track – Uphill walk and at times challenging – suitable for people with moderate fitness 2.2km /1 hour+ one way
This is a more challenging walk if you are not very fit or have a bad knee but it is absolutely worth it to see the view when you reach Neds Saddle. It is an uneven track and rocky, but I would encourage anyone with a reasonable level of fitness to go the extra 250m steep walk up to Neds Peak to take in an absolutely stunning view across the Range, though note before you go there are some obstacles in the shape of some fairly large rocks. This walk is one way and you will return the way you went up. If you’re like me you might like to take it easy and allow more time for resting and taking in all the surrounds. Take some water and head up before lunch – you’ll be nice and hungry by the time you get down.
3. Cathedral Ranges Northern Circuit – Steep long day walk, challenging and rocky – suitable for people with moderate fitness 12.5km /6 hour+
This walk is the extension of the walk listed above and will see you return to Neds Gully via a circuit. Here you will visit Cathedral Peak 840 metres above and you will be climbing steadily up steep rocky steps. You will need to keep your eyes open for trail markers to ensure you remain on track though you will often cross walkers on the path who are another good indicator. You will enjoy breathtaking views of the Acheron Valley. There is an exposed rocky ridge line at this juncture and this is the most challenging part of the walk. If you’re familiar with bush walking or hiking and you have a good level of fitness you will love this walk. If you’re happy to take on the challenge and are confident you will also love this walk but perhaps allow more time to ensure you have your footing just right. Take snacks and lunch and enough water as you will work up an appetite. A well-deserved spa might be in order when you return to your cottage.
Wine tasting after your Cathedral Ranges Walk:
Little River Wines – tasting by appointment only – book in advance
If you’ve selected one of the shorter Cathedral Ranges Walks why not partake in a little wine tasting with Phil and Christine and get a feel for the region’s vintage. These two local winemakers offer a great drop of wine. The property itself is beautiful and backs onto the Little River. It is delightful to have a short stroll after your tasting and take in the magical scenery of their property. Be sure to book in advance. All details on their website: Click here
With so much to do and see during spring we can’t list it all here so I encourage you to look at our “explore” page and build your own itinerary for your stay with us at South Cathedral Farm.
We hope you come and stay with us soon. Enquire today.