Mount Noorat Walk

Morack St, Noorat VIC

Mount Noorat Walk

Morack St, Noorat VIC

Staff Pick
1 h
2.99 km
Intermediate

A stunning walk up to and around the deepest scoria enclosed Volcanic crater in Victoria that also provides amazing 360 degree views over the Western District.

Mount Noorat Walk

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Summary

A stunning walk up to and around the deepest scoria enclosed Volcanic crater in Victoria that also provides amazing 360 degree views over the Western District.

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Mount Noorat is a dry volcanic crater, standing 310 metres above sea level, while the base of the crater is lower than the level of the surrounding plain. The crater is 400m wide and 159m deep and is a sight to behold!

The mount was a traditional meetings and bartering place for the local Aboriginal people and was named after an Aboriginal Elder — Ngoora.

The walk to view the crater (point 3) is 500m (1km return) on a formed crushed bluestone pathway. From there you can return to continue on the scoria pathway to the left (point 7) for another 500m, or up the steeper unsurfaced path to the summit (point 11). As you can see from the route, we did both, and it was worth it!

The walk to the summit is quite steep and as there is no tree cover it is probably not a good idea to do on a really hot day. It can get very windy so rug up on cold days.

The walk past the crater view (point 3) goes through cattle farming paddocks.

"Mt Noorat is managed by a community Committee of Management. The Committee aims to continue to protect and enhance natural values, create quality visitor experiences that reflect the character of the site, ensure Aboriginal and European history is understood and respected, ensure walking tracks are accessible, well maintained and cater for diverse experiences and generate self-sustaining financial management and governance."

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Points of Interest

1. The start

Small picnic table, but not much else, although some trees have been recently planted.

2. The path

The path to the crater with seat half way along.

3. Viewing platform

The seat was a bit wonky but the first view into teh crater will inspire you to keep going!

4. The crater

The crater from the western side.

5. The path

There is no shade as the path makes it's way through cattle paddocks.

6. View to the south west

One of the stunning views from the walk, this one to the south west.

7. Farming land

Farming land into the distance and the edge of the town of Noorat (we think).

8. Steep descent

The photo might not capture it well, but the climb, and decent, is quite steep on the unformed, rocky path.

9. Mt Elephant

One of the many hills and mountains that can be seen from the walk's 360 degree views.

10. The crater

Wow! as expected, the summit provides the best view down into the crater.

11. Mt Shadwell

The view to Mt Shadwell 18 km away.


Features

Picnic spot Picnic spot
Seating available Seating available
Nature trail Nature trail