C C M – Fr y e r s  Ri d g e

A map is a graphical representation of a geographical actuality.  However, though some maps are more representative than others, no map is absolutely correct.  The maps on this site are not exempt from this rule.

Fryers Ridge Walking Tracks Map

This CCM topographical map covers the major part of the Fryers Ridge Nature Conservation Reserve west of Taradale, Victoria, Australia.  The west edge of the Reserve is delimited by the Fryers Ridge Track.  The east edge of the Reserve is delimited by the Coliban Main Channel.  The service track alongside the portion of the channel within the reserve is accessible to walkers.  Generally the gradient of the service track is very low.

A Taradale and District Walking Group member comments, "(the reserve) is known locally as being one of the best wildflower areas.  The show starts with August wattles and continues until December".

Fryers Ridge Walking Tracks


My thanks to the Taradale Community Forum for introducing me to the area covered by this map and to members of the Taradale community for alerting me to features within the reserve that I may have otherwise overlooked.

Additional Information

The Taradale Community Forum has produced support material, including maps of recommended walks along the Coliban Main Channel and around interesting places in Taradale.  This material is available at the Track and Trail page of the Taradale website.


As a result of previous mining activity there are some mine shafts within the Fryers Ridge Nature Conservation Reserve.  Travellers should take care.

Potential Confusions

There are two roads named Cypress Drv; one to the north of the Reserve, the other to the east.  These two roads are connected by the northern section of Salt Water Trk.  The names Dearden Creek Trk, Dearden Trk, and Deardens Trk are used to nominate the same track on signposts and maps.  There are two creeks named Kangaroo Crk in the reserve; broadly, one in the south, the other in the north.  Roads within this region, may be, in different circumstances, referred to by a local name eg Old Coach Rd or a geographic name, eg the Fryerstown Rd.


09/09/2018 – Track detail within Fryers Ranges State Park increased.

    About the Coliban Main Channel

The Coliban Main Channel (managed by Coliban Water) is an approximately 70 kilometres long mostly open gravity channel between Malmsbury and Bendigo and was constructed in the late 1860s.

The Channel flows during the Rural Season (broadly the warmer months).  The 2017/2018 Rural Season closes on Friday 11 May 2018.  The 2018/2019 season will open in October.

Coliban Water provides excellent information about the Coliban Channel system:
    Resources accessed in preparing the Fryers Ridge map

The principal resource is simply boot leather; if a road or track within Fryers Ridge Nature Conservation Reserve is indicated then CCM has walked it.  Information provided by the Taradale Community Forum has assisted in the preparation of this map.  Other data sources are:

DELWP Mapshare (road and track data to be developed, cadastre),
Victorian Government Data search (contours, water courses),
Google Earth (timber coverage).

Fryers Ridge Walking Tracks Downloads

Information on the use of KMZ and GPX files available below with GPS units and Google Earth can be found via the Appendices dropdown menu in the header.

Single-sided PDF map for printing at A3 (0.5 MB)  Download KMZ file (9.5 MB, 20 tiles)Download
Some points of interest as GPX file (2 kB)Download Listing of POIs as PDF file (< 50 kB)Download