McFarlanes Hill

Located an easy drive from the centre of Wodonga, McFarlanes Hill is an excellent place to escape the hustle and bustle. Experience the bush ambience by taking a stroll among rolling hillsides and remnant bushland. The view of Wodonga from the ridge is well worth the 4 km walk along the Ridge Walking Track. 

Features

  • Great scenic qualities and magnificent views
  • Abundant wildlife, birdlife and wildflowers in spring
  • Rolling hillsides and remnant bushland
  • Rocky outcrops and cool, clear streams
  • In spring keep your eye open for greenhood orchids and other popular wildflowers.
  • Size: 2310 hectares
  • Vegetation community: Box-stringy bark open woodlands, some open grassland and remnant Callitris glaucophylla
  • Landform: Rolling hillsides, rocky outcrops, natural gullies
  • Classification: Recreation and conservation
  • Elevation: 442 metres above sea level

Walking trails

  • Ridge Walking Track (4km loop)
  • 20km of mountain bike tracks (refer map)

Start of Ridge Track


Access points (10 mins drive from the centre of Wodonga):

  • Mountain bike park is accessible from the corner of Coyles Road and Felltimber Creek road.
  • McFarlanes 4WD track off Ingrams Road
  • Ridge Walking Track off Felltimber Road.

Things to do

  • Birdwatching
  • Picnicking
  • Short or Long walks
  • Mountain Bike riding
  • Orienteering
  • Photography
  • Bouldering


Facilities

  • Walking Tracks
  • Mountain Bike Tracks
  • Seating
  • Carparking

 

A long time ago (1788) ...

 

Not so long ago (1824) ago ...

 

Today ...

Parklands, has partnered with Green Corps, Conservation Volunteers Australia, Albury Wodonga Mountain Bike Club, Wandoo Aboriginal Corporation's Community Development Employment Program (CDEP), Regional Skills (Work for the Dole), and the Agricultural and Horticultural Department of Wodonga TAFE in developing a 4km loop track along the southern aspects of McFarlanes Hill. 


The Albury Wodonga Mountain Bike Club have established and maintain the mountain bike track network that is located near Coyles Road.  Parklands is working with club members and community volunteers to bring these tracks up to IMBA (International Mountain Bike Association) standard. 

Wodonga TAFE conducted training with the CDEP team at McFarlanes Hill. As part of a Certificate III in Horticulture, the team installed signage and interpretive shelters. They were also involved in track construction and consolidation, weed control, soil removal and revegetation. The steepness of the terrain meant much of the footbridge construction and track stabilisation required carting buckets of concrete onto site, as the slopes even prevented the use of wheelbarrows.

A 2004 Green Corps team undertook ttree planting, revegetation, track upgrading and footbridge construction.   Significant grasslands have been fenced off and weed control continues to clear gullies of noxious weeds.  

McFarlanes Hill is a site for biological control of Patterson's Curse and St Johns Wort.

A single remnant Callitris Pine is also regenerating in the area.

The summer floods also washed out sections of the Ridge Walking track. Thank you to the CVGT and Personnel Group Green Corp teams and the Catholic Education Wodonga students for their efforts to reinstate this popular walking track after a number of landslides and replace over 500 metres of bounardy fence. 

new parking area has been established to provide safe off road parking and access to the regional park whilst replacing 500 metres of boundary fence that was washed out by the ongoing floods. A linking track has been established between McFarlanes, Hunchback Hill, Klings Hill and Swainsona Reserve.



 

McFarlanes Hill