Lake Tali Karng is a hidden jewel nestled deep in the mountains of Gippsland, fed by snowmelt waters of the Wellington Plains. The lake is believed to have been formed about 1500 years ago when a massive rock slide collapsed into the valley damming the waters of Nigothoruk Creek above Wellington River. The water runs underground from the lake to emerge as the infant Wellington River 150m below in the Valley of Destruction.
This route to Lake Tali Karng begins at the third bridge over the Wellington River, about 22 km north of Licola. The route follows the Wellington River upstream for 17 km, crossing the river 16 times. These crossings are just perfect in summer for cooling off the feet and at the higher crossings provide super cool clear water to fill up your drink bottle. Continue past Riggall Spur Track to Clive Lanigan Track which climbs steeply through the Valley of Destruction and onto the Lake.
This is an intermediate-hard walk and although the lake is the destination, the walk along the river is definitely the highlight and we always make the absolute most of this beautiful feature. We camp locally friday night to ensure an early start as the day one walk is a long day. 12km walking up the valley to our campsite and undertake the last section of the walk sans rucksacks.
Suitable for intermediate to experienced hikers, and we can assist with a range of equipment and planning so you don’t have to worry
Meet at Licola in the evening, and then drive an hour to our campsite for the night. We will be camping at the start of the walk, to enable an early start on the Saturday morning, as the beginning of the walk is three and a half hours from Melbourne. We will provide a late night snack and breakfast, before starting our walk.
Make the most of the amazing scenery on this long day.
We will follow the river upstream, continually crossing – the best bit of this walk! We then set up camp, unload our gear before climbing up through the Valley of Destruction to the lake. Unfortunately, camping is not permitted at the lake, but we will spend enough time there to make the most of the amazing scenery. We will then head back to camp to enjoy a yummy homemade dinner, wine and some marshmellows on the fire.
Pack and walk back downstream crossing the multiple crossings on our way out. This 12km day will allow us plenty of time to get back to our vehicles and head back home without any rush.
This walk is not one for those not afraid of getting wet feet! with up to 16 river crossings as you make your way up to the lake there is plenty of time to take in the magnificent scenery. This is one of those walks that will stay in your memories forever, not an easy walk but oh so rewarding.