View rural landscapes, lush fern gullies and rocky hills reaching heights over 200 metres above sea level.

A walk to discover South Gippsland’s coastal panoramas, taking a route through an area of national geological significance. It is a great opportunity to see our flora and fauna in diverse environments. Rural landscapes, lush fern gullies, and rocky hills reaching heights over 200 metres above sea level are features of this walking trail.

Beginning at Fish Creek as a detour off the Great Southern Rail Trail, the Hoddle Mountain Trail passes across farmland to the Laver’s Hill quarry, then crosses across the catchment area for the Battery Creek reservoir to join the Loader Track through to the Mt Nicoll Lookout, before heading north to rejoin the Great Southern Rail Trail near the Hoddle Lookout on the way to Foster.

Track Specifics


The full trail return circuit is 17km (approx 6 hours), but you can do a shorter 11km walk by parking at the Mt Nicoll Car Park and using a car shuttle to and from Fish Creek.

There is also limited parking at either the Mt Nicoll Car Park or Laver’s Hill quarry entrance and walk short sections and return. Although there are uphill sections along the track, the shorter sections could be classified as easy to medium difficulty.


Moderate fitness required. Several fence stiles need to be navigated. Surfaces include gravel paths and grassy tracks, which may be slippery when wet.


Dogs on leads are allowed in most sections of the trail, but are NOT allowed in South Gippsland Water Catchment land. Protect wildlife.

Car Parking

There are 4 parking areas located along the trail (see brochure for locations). Please park only at these designated parking areas, as nearby minor access roads do not have suitable parking areas.


Located in Fish Creek township.

Important Notes

Follow common sense bushwalking protocols. Carry water. Be snake aware. Respect grazing cattle and sheep. Pass calmly.

Please keep to the trail at all times. Adjoining property or roads may be private or restricted access. At each intersection confirm your next direction against the map and any signage.

More Walks

There are many more walking tracks to be discovered in South Gippsland.

Some are short, some are long, some are suitable for cycling, and all are are great way to enjoy time in our beautiful part of the world.