Reform Hill is named from a rich gold bearing quartz reef discovered in 1854. Trial crushings yielded a high proportion of gold, ten ounces to the ton. The gold bearing quartz was 7 metres wide in places and ran through the core of the hill, estimated to have yeilded approximately 21,500 ounces of gold. For over 30 years the Reform Mine was a principal employer within Myrtleford. The mine closed in 1888 due mainly to a large amount of water entering the shafts. Today it is a peaceful recreational location providing great walking tracks past historical mining features and picturesque native forests, the typical trees including Red Box, Long-leaf Box, Red Stringybark and Broadleaf Peppermint. If walking is not an option you may drive your car to within 50 metres of the lookout, providing views down the Ovens Valley, Mount Buffalo and the Victorian Alps. Well worth visiting at any time of year.
Grade 1: No bushwalking experience required. Flat even surface with no steps or steep sections. Suitable for wheelchair users who have someone to assist them. Walks no greater than 5km.
Grade 2: No bushwalking experience required. The track is hardened or compacted surface and may have a gentle hill section or sections and occasional steps. Walks no greater than 10km.
Grade 3: Suitable for most ages and fitness levels. Some bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may have short steep hill sections a rough surface and many steps. Walks up to 20km.
Grade 4: Bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may be long, rough and very steep. Directional signage may be limited.
Grade 5: Very experienced bushwalkers with specialised skills, including navigation and emergency first aid. Tracks are likely to be very rough, very steep and unmarked. Walks may be more than 20km.
Reform Hill is located at the south eastern end of Myrtleford, opposite the Old Butter Factory.