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St Arnaud Range Track

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The St Arnaud Range Track which climbs up to just over a 1000m for  spectacular views and in the late spring and early summer, colourful alpine flowers will be on display.
moderate
Distance 10.9 km
4:30 h
1,068 m
1,068 m

Beginning in the eastern corner of Kerr Bay, this walk climbssteadily through beech forest to a height of over 1650 metres.The lower section of the walk crosses moraine terracesdeposited by past glaciers. Above the bushline, there are spectacular viewsfrom Parachute Rocks, which gained their name from aparachute-shaped gravel scree located just to the north. Trees give way to snow tussock, sub-alpine shrubs and, higher still, alpine herb fields.

The track climbs from here to the ridge line, where you arerewarded by spectacular views of the surrounding areaThe truncated spurs of St Arnaud Range are evidence offurther glacial action at higher altitude. Return via the same route.

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Sally Thompson
Update: December 06, 2018
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1,696 m
Lowest point
628 m
Best time of year
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Start

Car Park near Kerr Bay campground (627 m)
Coordinates:
DD
-41.806673, 172.846847
DMS
41°48'24.0"S 172°50'48.6"E
UTM
59G 653416 5370039
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Destination

Same finish point as start point

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Coordinates

DD
-41.806673, 172.846847
DMS
41°48'24.0"S 172°50'48.6"E
UTM
59G 653416 5370039
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
10.9 km
Duration
4:30 h
Ascent
1,068 m
Descent
1,068 m
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