Conglomerate Gully Walking Track

Written by | Daylesford/Macedon Ranges

Conglomerate Gully Flora and Fauna Reserve is hidden away in the mountains below Mount Macedon near the town of Riddell, at the end of Wheelwrights Road. There is not much room for parking down here, perhaps up to two cars could squeeze in, due to the fact that there are two properties whose driveways extend out from the end of the road. So if you are taking a group of people, you may wish to car pool from Riddell.

Trail Head Options:

  • The only way to get to the start of this trail is by car.
  • Alternatively if you live in Riddell, you could walk to the start of the trail, however it is a 3km walk from the train station.

Conglomerate Gully Walking Track is a rather short hiking trail and is suitable more for locals in and around the area. At a leisurely pace this trail can be completed within an hour and is suitable for novice hikers. Having said that though, it would be advisable to wear a good pair of hiking shoes, because in some areas the ground is a little rocky and can be rather slippery when wet. It otherwise consists of dirt single track throughout with minor undulations in the terrain.

Trail Features:

  • Orchids flowering between October to December
  • Fine exposures of conglomerate rocks


Trail End Options:

  • Jump back in your car and head home.
  • Alternatively if you live in Riddell, you could walk home.

Trail Statistics:

  • Starting Point: End of Wheelwrights Road, Riddell, Victoria
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance: 3.15km
  • Trail Type: Loop Hike
  • Elevation Gain: 75m
  • Elevation Loss: 75m
  • Minimum Elevation: 450m
  • Maximum Elevation: 510m
  • Time to Complete: 1 hour
  • Ending Point: End of Wheelwrights Road, Riddell, Victoria

Trail Guide:

Conglomerate Gully Walking Track

This is the starting point of the trail at the end of Wheelwrights Road.

Conglomerate Gully Walking Track distance and time.

The estimated distance and timing for Conglomerate Gully Walking Track are on par here for a novice hiker.

Continue along the trail after the Conglomerate Gully Walking Track sign.

Something that caught my attention were some of the trees in the neighbouring property which had been painted shades of purple! The purple goes very well with the bright yellow from the wattle trees.

A short way up the trail you’ll come to this gate and a sign that explains the geology of the area.

Conglomerate Gully Flora Reserve was most generously donated to the people of Victoria by the McCutcheon Family in 1983.

Check out the information board for everything that you could possibly learn about the Conglomerate Gully Flora Reserve.

Continue along the trail until you reach a fork in the path, which forms the return loop. In this review we are taking the reverse loop, in an anticlockwise direction, to the right.

The path is clearly signposted with little white arrows pointing out the way. After this small crossing the trail goes up a slight incline.

Views to your left are unfortunately quite limited due to tree coverage.

On the way down, be sure to keep left to the marked trail. Once upon a time the trail did cross the river here, however due to corrosion, the path now follows along the left side.

The path becomes a little bit rocky at this point. Follow the faint path across the rocks and take care is it is a little wet.

The trail turns right and downhill here heading towards the infamous conglomerate gully.

These are the conglomerate rocks that were formed between 370 and 440 million years ago.

Very slippery when wet through this section. Do take care.

The Conglomerate Gully.

Hidden off to the right is a path the leads to the viewing platform…

Which is unfortunately rather overgrown and uninteresting to look at.

Continue around and exit the viewing area. Take a right turn back onto the regular trail.

Up ahead is a lovely little shelter which seemingly has no significance to it. It is known by locals as the half-way hut and was due to be pulled down back in 2015 due to safety concern, however it still stands today. It is certainly a nice surprise to see on the trail and pleasant to sit in and take a short breather.

Taking a break and taking in the atmosphere of the surrounding forest.

When you are all rested, continue down the trail, where you will reach the end of the loop trail. Keeping right, make your way back through the gate and to your car.

Head back through the gate.

And back to the beginning of the trail.

Last modified: October 4, 2017