Walking Since 1939

Starling Gap – Crossroads – New Ada Mill


Distance: 15km

Bookings are not required for this walk, just turn up at:   8:45am  Ringwood station 

The leader will organise car-pooling and provide directions to the location of the walk.  Drivers are really appreciated to help car-pool walkers between the meeting point and the walk location. There is free all-day parking nearby if your vehicle isn’t needed for transport.

Its around 75km / 1hr 20 min drive from the meeting point to the starting point of the walk.  $45 max per car petrol cost.

Expect to return to the meeting point around 6.00pm.

Walk Description

A circuit walk taking in a section of the “Walk into History” from Starlings Gap to the Crossroads, then visiting the New Fed Mill site and returning via Big Creek Road.

The Walk into History follows historic timber tramways that wind their way through spectacular and diverse forest scenery, including forests of the world’s tallest hardwoods (Mountain Ash) and sections of cool temperate rainforest in moist sheltered gullies. The walk is unique in Victoria, retracing the route of the original tramways and visiting the sites of former settlements and bush mills, now largely reclaimed by the forests.

This section of tramway walk traverses tall wet forest and cool temperate rainforest as it follows the Ada River Valley, downstream from Starlings Gap. The expansive riparian zone of the Ada River, devoid of Eucalypts but dominated by Tea Trees and Melaleuca’s, is regularly viewed below the tramway.

Its a very damp part of Victoria and so come prepared for leeches and general wetness, particularly if it has been raining.

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/boot
• Your best anti-leech techniques (I recommend salt)

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:

YHA Bushwalking Victoria Members: Free
Non-members: $7  (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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Contact the leader using the “Enquiry” button below BEFORE 8 pm on the preceding Wednesday.

Activity Date(s)


June 2, 2019 8:45 am


June 2, 2019 5:00 pm






Sonya R

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