Lake Sambell to Lake Kerferd Walk

3 h 15 min to 5 h 30 min
1 h 15 min to 2 h 45 min

12.8 km
return

↑ 204 m
↓ -204 m

Moderate track
Starting near the car park next to the Chinese Gardens on Albert Road, Beechworth, this walk leads to Lake Kerferd and back via the Lake Sambell Trail and the Pipeline Track. Enjoy this beautiful hike that takes you through tall eucalypt forests on a single track and a fire road. There is plenty of wildlife to be spotted, including koalas, wombats and wallabies, rosellas and more. The track's terrain is a mixture of muddy, rocky, slippery and gravelly, with short steep hill sections and many steps. It is suitable for most ages and fitness levels. There is evidence of past mining activity and tunnelling in the area, with many disused mine shafts along the way. Some are covered with wire mesh, and others are uncovered, so staying on the designated track is best. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-36.3609748,146.6902581)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Hume Freeway, M31
  • Turn on to Great Alpine Road Offramp then drive for 620 m
  • Keep right onto Great Alpine Road Offramp and drive for another 120 m
  • Turn right onto Great Alpine Road, B500 and drive for another 7.1 km
  • Keep left onto Beechworth-Wangaratta Road, C315 and drive for another 23 km
  • Turn right onto Mellish Street and drive for another 205 m
  • Turn left onto John Street and drive for another 275 m
  • Keep left onto Short Street and drive for another 520 m
  • Turn right onto Albert Road and drive for another 8 m
  • Turn left and drive for another 90 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Find the car park at the start.
After another 25 m pass the "Chinese Gardens" (15 m on your left).
After another 60 m turn left, to head along Albert Road.
After another 60 m (at the intersection of Murray to Mountains Rail Trail & Albert Road) turn left, to head along Lake Sambell Trail (a highway|cycleway).
After another 55 m cross the bridge (about 35 m long)
After another 265 m (at the intersection of Lake Sambell Trail & Carter Drive) continue straight, to head along Lake Sambell Trail.
After another 85 m (at the intersection of Lake Sambell Trail & Ward Lane) continue straight, to head along Lake Sambell Trail.
After another 400 m (at the intersection of Lake Sambell Trail & Peach Drive) veer right, to head along Lake Sambell Trail.
After another 20 m continue straight.
After another 65 m come to the "Lake Sambell Caravan Park".
There is a fee to use this campsite.
After another 25 m continue straight, to head along Lake Sambell Trail.
After another 295 m (at the intersection of Lake Sambell Trail & Peach Drive) turn left, to head along Lake Sambell Trail.
After another 6 m cross the bridge (about 15 m long)
Turn right.
After another 2 km continue straight.
After another 740 m turn left, to head along Pipeline Track.
After another 2.1 km (at the intersection of Lake Kerferd Road & Pipeline Track) turn sharp left, to head along Lake Kerferd Road.
Continue another 180 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 6.4 km to get back to the start.
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Terrain
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Lake Sambell to Lake Kerferd Walk


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 12.8 km
Time 3 h 15 min to 5 h 30 min
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)

Some facilities on route
Camp site: There is one 1.1 km from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Camp site
1.1 kmLake Sambell Caravan Park
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