Seven Acre Rock, Gladysdale.

Hi Friends,

If you love a hike with a view and landscapes full of lush green vegetation this is the hike for you. I had been waiting for a while for a day where there are few clouds in the sky just to do this hike as you can see Port Phillip Bay from this lookout on clearer days.

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Small amounts of sunlight break through the thick vegetation

THE IMPORTANT DETAILS 

Where: 80km East of Melbourne. Not far from Powelltown. Bunyip Rd, Gladysdale. The walking track starts opposite from the parking area.

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When: This is best to do when the sky is relatively clear so you can get a better view.

Length & Time: 1.2km return which should take you around 30 minutes to do. You will probably want to admire the view though so you might be longer than that haha.

Difficulty/Experience Level: This hike is mostly very easy. However, when you get closer to the lookout it gets a little bit harder (medium/hard). There are some steep-ish walking spots and you will need to do a little bit of rock clambering but that is only for a small amount of the hike.

Terrain: The track is mostly well-formed. You will have to look out for markers towards the lookout as the track becomes less clear. When I went the track was muddy and a little bit slippery. I would definitely recommend hiking shoes for this especially because of the rocks.

Other notes/tips: There is a toilet near the carpark.

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To get to the lookout, you have to walk through two distinctive areas. Firstly, there is a very green part. Full of tall trees, ferns, moss and other green vegetation.

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Then the second part, closer to the lookout is full of rocks of all sizes and less greenery. This is where it gets a bit tricky haha.

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I just look at the markers and think “lol you want me to go where m8”? I am very thankful to have my hiking shoes which have been tried and tested on much trickier terrains because they definitely gave me the confidence I needed to clamber away.

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Then you get to the view which is admittedly much crazier in real life. I hope I managed to capture some of the sense of vast beauty.

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I can imagine that sunset from this spot would be incredible!

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I personally loved the view and enjoyed my lunch from the rock. I think this would also be a very nice place to have a picnic :).

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Me loving life :’)

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I could vaguely make out Port Phillip Bay but clouds and possibly smog clouded the view a little bit.

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I would 100% recommend visiting here on a sunny day especially if you live out in the Outer Eastern Suburbs. When I visited on Wednesday afternoon it was a nice quiet time, I only across 2 other people (a couple). This is a very peaceful place, I could hear nothing unnatural. Just birds, the sound of the wind and bark/leaves falling off trees. This is an incredible relief as I come from a suburb where there is ALWAYS some kind of noisy construction going on and as I work in a building that has been a building site for months!!!!!

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If you wanted to make a mini road trip out of this you could possibly visit Warburton (La La Falls) and/or Noojee (The Trestle Bridge & Falls). Or you could visit on the way to/from Mt. Baw Baw which is relatively close.

I hope you enjoyed this blog post and found it somewhat helpful :). I am glad to be back adventuring in my side of town! If any of my Victorian friends read this, let me know if you want to do a hike together sometime because I get the heebie jeebies being alone in the bush sometimes :’).

Mikki x

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