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Murraytown – Melrose – Alligator Gorge Rd

Sat 26 to Sun 27 Jun 2021

Walk name/location
Murraytown – Melrose – Alligator Gorge Rd
Walk grade
End-to-End 11

Please take note the ORDER of this weekends walks has been reversed so that the arduous walk over Mt Remarkable to Alligator Gorge Road is undertaken on Saturday.

This weekend is based in Melrose.

Any walker with Respiratory symptoms or fever should exclude themselves from any activity until they have a negative COVID  result, irrespective of Vaccine Status. If there is no testing available (eg Country areas) then they should consult the nearest Medical Professional available(directly or by phone). If no consult is available they should exclude themselves from activity until 3 days after symptoms have settled.

Please ENSURE that you use HAND SANITIZER prior to Boarding and wear a FACE MASK throughout each Bus Trip over the weekend.

NOTE If you wish to walk on only one day, please contact the FOHT office (once bookings have opened) to register for that day’s walk. The online registrationsystem will only allow you to register for both days.


This is a long and difficult,though memorable section of the Trail that begins with the long ascent of Mt Remarkable and continues through the Mt Remarkable National Park over many ups and downs before emerging on Alligator Gorge Road.

The start of this walk will be staggered to enable our slower walkers and those wishing to take early morning photos of the surrounding countryside a more relaxed ascent of the mount. The second group of walkers will start half an hour later, regrouping with the first group at the cairn near the summit. After a quick morning tea the group will continue as usual.

Don’t forget to bring a headlamp or torch for the early morning start


A leisurely walk, predominantly along gently undulating backroads through pleasant farmland surrounds before finishing in the shadows of Mt Remarkable at Melrose passing an ancient red river gum with perhaps the largest bole on the Trail and the tall stone tower of once prominent Jacka Brewery.

Dinner on the Saturday evening will be at  the Mt Remarkable Hotel  from 6.00pm. I have reserved  places for up to 45 diners. The management have asked for us to be on time or earlier as our group will be first sitting for the evening. When registering for the walk please fill in the RSVP question to indicate if you will be attending.

Saturday 26 June 2021
Sunday 27 June 2021
Walk Leaders
Dom Henschke
Marlene Henschke
Andrew McDonald
Helen Morgante
John Babister
Christopher Gower
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Meeting Location

Meeting location details will be provided after you have registered for this event.

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Event Fees
Event fee
AUD $20.00
(under 18 years of age AUD $2.00)
Golden Boots cards
AUD $40.00
Meal details

The meal on Saturday night will be at the Mt Remarkable Hotel at 6.00pm. Please be on time as our group is the first sitting for the evening.


Walk Specifics (Saturday)
Start time
For the 1st Group at 6.45am and the 2nd Group at 7.15am
End time
Around 3.30pm.
Walking from
Walking to
Alligator Gorge Rd
26 km
Risks (Saturday)
A long and difficult walk, with one long and a number of shorter climbs, and one steep and potentially slippery descent if wet. There are limited opportunities to exit the trail.
Good quality footwear, suitable clothing for the weather conditions, rain jacket, hat, sunscreen, walking poles, morning and afternoon tea, lunch and at least 3 litres of water(it is a long and arduous walk). Also please be aware it can be very cold at the top of Mt Remarkable so make sure you have a warm jacket to wear for morning tea.
Trail walker.


Walk Specifics (Sunday)
Start time
End time
Walking from
Walking to
17 kms
Risks (Sunday)
Backroad walking. Keep to the right hand side.
Good quality footwear, suitable clothing for the weather conditions,rain jacket, hat, sunscreen, walking poles, morning and afternoon tea, lunch and at least 2 litres of water.
Trail walker.

Nearby Campsites and Accommodation Options

This list is generic and is derived from the Walk Selector for this walk section. Your walk leader may be suggesting a different or specific town or accommodation option to be based at.

In This Section

On or within 2km of this Heysen Trail section.

  1. Sugargum Dam ‘walk-in’ site
  2. Goat Rock ‘walk-in’ site
  3. Stony Creek ‘walk-in’ site
  4. Alligator Lodge
  5. Grays Hut
  6. The Racecourse Camp

Near This Section

More than 2km off of the Heysen Trail section.

  1. Longhill ‘walk-in’ site
  2. Wilmington
  3. Beautiful Valley Caravan Park
  4. Stony Creek Bush Camp Caravan Park

Further Afield

Beyond this Heysen Trail section.

  1. Melrose
  2. Wirrabara Hotel
  3. North Star Inn
  4. Mount Remarkable Hotel Motel
  5. Melrose Caravan Park and Campground
  6. Melrose Holiday Units
  7. Kookaburra Creek Bush Retreat
  8. Wozza’s B&B
  9. A Little Pug Cottage at Melrose
  10. Flinders Family Getaway