Walking Since 1939

High Lead Carpark to Powelltown


Distance: 14.5 km

Walk Description

This is a one way walk with a car shuffle starting at the High Lead carpark and ending in Powelltown.  It takes in the last section of the multi day “Walk into History” walk as well as the “Reids Tramline Walk”.

The first part of the walk follows the Latrobe River, crossing it numerous times before arriving at ‘The Bump’, the divide between the Little Yarra and Latrobe Rivers. This site is also known for ‘The Bump Tunnel’, an historic railway tunnel constructed in 1925. Spanning 313 metres in length, the tunnel was constructed to avoid winching up the existing steep inclines. Evidence of the tunnel can be seen along the walk. Here the track leaves the Latrobe and joins the Little Yarra River, where it heads towards Powelltown. We then follow the  historic Reids Tramline from the eastern end of Powelltown to the site of Reids Mill. Along the way, lengths of the old tramline can be seen, and relics of the old sawmill remain at the mill site. Three bridge crossings over the Little Yarra River are included in the walk.

Booking is  required for this walk.   The Leader will confirm your acceptance on the walk, or not, via email.  The leader will organise car-pooling and provide details of where and when to meet.

What to bring:

• Day pack
• Sufficient water (2 litres, more on hot summer days)
• Lunch and snacks
• Hat, sun screen
• Suitable outdoor clothing (no jeans/sneakers!)
• Rainwear & warm jacket
• Proper walking shoes/boots
• There may be leeches, so bring your favourite anti-leech measures.

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.

Booking Fee:

Please pay the leader CASH at the start of the walk, NO credit cards.

Passengers must pay the driver their share of car-pooling costs as described on the Car-pooling page. Please bring cash for this purpose.

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Activity Date(s)


November 23, 2019 8:30 am


November 23, 2019 5:00 pm







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