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Young AustralianBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Kieran Philip

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Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back


Open farmlands
Open tussock/grasslands
Open ridges/tops

Beginner - Intermediate

2:40 (Slow)
1:50 (Moderate)
1:20 (Fast)



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Heads off from the bottom of the hill at the end of Quartzville Rd. The track follows a 4WD farm track all the way up the hill past Carricktown. Just after crossing into the Young Australian Historic Reserve you can see the large water wheel, there is a small bit of single track down and around the historical remains. Then it is back up to the main track and off down the hill to where you began.

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Features of interest

Carricktown - abandoned gold mining era town
Young Australian water wheel
Great views of Cromwell and surrounding areas

Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 0%

Technical Single Track: 0%

Moderate Single Track: 0%

Easy Single Track: 5%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 95%

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  • Access

    Parking lot at the end of Quartzville Rd, signpost is on the gate.

    Plenty of parking at the start of the track.

    10 km

    12 minutes



  • Staying Safe


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    Follows 4WD track

    Generally good.

    Long-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    There is a water race at about 1100m asl, but I would only drink out of that if desperate.

    During the winter and possibly either side there will be snow up the top. It is a very changeable area, so make sure you are prepared for cold weather to blow in.

  • Post run indulgence

    Bannockburn Hotel
    Bannockburn Rd, Bannockburn
    Closest place for a beer once you are done!

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