Mount Arapiles-Tooan State Park
Numerous important cultural heritage sites are evidence of the significance of Dyurrite for Wotjobaluk Peoples and the use of the area for thousands of years.
Mt Arapiles is a spectacular feature, rising sharply from the Wimmera plains. It is one of Australia’s premier rock climbing areas, and a valuable nature conservation area, with 14% of the State’s flora species represented in the Mt Arapiles section alone.
Things to do in the area
15.0km, 3 hrs one way Starting and ending at Centenary Park Campground & Picnic Area, this mostly flat walk follows the park boundary. The walk takes in a changing landscape, views of the region and has access to the Mt Arapiles Summit via short but steep paths at the end of the circuit.
Gully Loop Walk
4.0km, 1 hr one way The Pharos Gully and Central Gully walking tracks can be combined into a loop walk and feature some spectacular views.
1.0km, 30min circuit This short track on the Summit Road features spring wildflowers on an easy walk.
Mt Arapiles is a world-renowned rock climbing area. More than 3000 routes have been established on the many cliffs, crags and pinnacles, presenting variety and challenge for all levels of experience. A range of commercial climbing guides available from the Natimuk Post Office or the Arapiles Mountain Shop in Natimuk.
Climbing should only be undertaken by climbers with experience and training, or under the guidance of skilled and qualified instructors.
Mt Arapiles is much loved and sees many thousands of visitors annually. Please support the long-term sustainability of climbing here by respecting the park and other visitors. Stay on existing tracks, avoid damaging vegetation and the rock, and respect cultural sites.
Information regarding recent Aboriginal cultural heritage rediscoveries
Aboriginal cultural heritage has been rediscovered at a number of locations in Mount Arapiles-Tooan State Park over the past 12 months.
These rediscoveries are protected by legislation and are enormously important to Traditional Owners the Wotjobaluk, Jaadwa, Jadawadjali, Wergaia and Jupagulk peoples, who have occupied the lands around Mount Arapiles – known as Dyuritte – for thousands of years.
The cultural heritage places are at the locations known, or referred to, as: Pharos Gully Boulders, Plaque Rock and Tiger Wall, Castle Crag and Chicken Boulder. Rock art was rediscovered last year at the location known as Taylors Rock (Declaration Crag).
To protect these special places, protection measures are in place along with signage so that people don’t inadvertently enter these areas.
Further information: Information Sheet – Aboriginal cultural heritage rediscoveries (PDF)
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