A Nice Surprise in the Brisbane Ranges
Less than 40km from Geelong, there’s a cool little place called Steiglitz. I’d driven through it before, but have never stopped there – until today.
Steiglitz has a really interesting past: From 1868 to 1873, there was a population boom, as people flooded in seeking their fortune in gold mining. Once this dried up though, people moved on (probably to the next mining town!), and today it’s almost a ghost town.
The track I took lead away from the courthouse, and past the markers of the old roads – you wouldn’t even have known they were there if it wasn’t for the markers. I then walked down into the gorge – where there were a few people hanging out today, enjoying the sunshine. To this point took about 15-20 minutes (at a guess), and was quite flat, so it would suit kids (you could return to the carpark the same way you came).
The track then rose sharply, offering views back down into the gorge. Past this point it was up and down, through the trees, and with a couple more creek crossings (not a problem today as it was bone dry). The last part of the track went along the road back into town – and also passed the beautifully preserved buildings.
This bushwalk (and Steiglitz) was a lovely surprise, and I’d definitely recommend you check it out!
Hiking trail info:
Trail Name: Deadmans Loop (yikes!)
Grade: Medium (easy to/from the gorge)
Time: 1.5 – 2 hours
Notes: There’s a nice peaceful spot with a picnic table near the courthouse. There are no toilet facilities on the trail (but there are some near the courthouse). I’d definitely recommend taking a map or a detailed guidebook, as some parts of the trail aren’t well marked or easy to find. Meridian Maps has a new version out (Brisbane Ranges National Park) – and it’s got one of my photos on the cover, which I will never not think is super exciting!
Bio: Sam is a daydreamer, storyteller, and hiker. She loves getting outside, and you’ll often find her on the bushwalking trails close to her hometown of Geelong. You can follow along with her on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. If you have any questions that I can help with, or would like to chat about possible sponsored opportunities, advertising, or affiliations (that will benefit my audience) please drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.