Walking Since 1939

Lal Lal Bungal circuit


Distance: 23km

Walk Description

The Lal Lal Bungal Circuit hike explores the many tracks of the Lal Lal Bungal Historic Area. Most of these tracks were created by the Lal Lal Iron Mining Company (formed in 1874) when it set up an iron ore quarry and smelting works. The mine reached its peak in 1884 when 1,600 tons of ore were smelted and 800 tons of pig iron were produced. Commencing at the Blast Furnace picnic area near Ironmine road this circuit takes you north west into the Lal Lal State Forest with views over the Lal Lal Reservoir. After leaving the reservoir you can then explore the lower reaches of the state forest including the summits of Mount Doran (545m) and Champion Hill (520m) before returning to the picnic area.

After our walk we will drive a short distance to the Lal Lal Falls Scenic Reserve to view the Lal Lal Falls which are approx..30m high


We will meet at the Lal Lal Blast Furnance Furnace Picnic Area at 9:30am. Click here for Google Maps https://goo.gl/maps/Vut8CjcSjNJ2

You will need to make your arrangements to get to and from the start point. If you require a lift, please leave a comment for other participants who are driving.

Note: It is not the responsibility of the leader to facilitate carpooling arrangements.


Lal Lal is 130 kilometres west of Melbourne, on the Yendon Road south of Ballarat. You can either go into Ballarat on the Western Freeway, then head south on the Midland Highway to Clarendon, via Buninyong, and take the left-hand turn for Lal Lal; or leave the Western Freeway at Gordon or Ballan and take the roads to Mount Egerton, Yendon and Lal Lal. Follow the signs to the Lal Lal Falls and watch on the right for the small sign to the blast furnace. There is a car park, toilets, picnic tables and wood-burning barbecue facilities at the reserve.


  • Sufficient water (2 litres, more on hot summer days)
  • Snacks / Lunch
  • Hat, sun screen, sun glasses
  • Suitable outdoor clothing (no jeans/sneakers!)
  • Rainwear & warm jacket
  • Proper walking shoes/boots

Refer to our Gear Checklist page for more details.   If you are not properly equipped, the walk leader can decide not to let you participate on this walk.


This hike is open to a 16-walkers. Out of courtesy for those on the waiting list, if you have RSVP’d but can no longer make it, please update your RSVP as soon as possible to give those next in line plenty of notice.


YHA Bushwalking Victoria Members: Free.
Guests (non-members): $7 (please pay the leader cash, no credit cards)
For more details, refer to: https://yhabush.org.au/bushwalkingwithus-fees.htm


The reimbursement of costs to the driver is: $0.30 AUD per km, plus any tolls incurred, divided by the total number of people in the car (including the driver). Some drivers may choose to charge less, but it should not be more. A roundtrip from Melbourne CBD to Kinglake is 117km x $0.30 = $35 / 4 passengers = $9 ea. Please bring change to reimburse your driver.


It is very strongly recommended that everyone on a bushwalk has ambulance cover, as even an ankle injury could lead to costly evacuation. YHA Bushwalking Victoria does not have special insurance covering participants in its activities.


It is important that walks and activities run smoothly, are enjoyable and safe. If there is any aspect of an activity, including the behaviour of other members, that causes concern, please contact president@yhabush.org.au. All matters will be treated confidentially. Please note that we do not run ‘guided tours’. While we will lead the walks, we expect you to be physically fit, properly equipped and to have an appropriate level of self-reliance and confidence in the bush.


Events are cancelled if they are in a zone that has been declared a Severe, Red or Code Red fire danger. Events are also cancelled if the forecast temperature exceeds 38 degrees.


Refer to our website for descriptions: http://www.yhabush.org.au/bushwalkingwithus-grades.htm

Activity Date(s)


May 4, 2019 9:30 am


May 4, 2019 5:00 pm







Erryn S

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Serena Cieri:

Hi everyone, would love to come on this walk but I don't have a car. Can anyone give me a lift? I live in Thornbury but happy to meet at any train station. Thanks! Serena

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