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Blackwood - Ruth's Gully Circuit
Lerderderg State Park

2.9/5 rating (15 votes)
  • Walk Length: 18km
  • Walk duration: 6.5 hours
  • Walk Grade: Hard
  • Walk Style: Circuit
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Walk Summary

Walk Category:  Day

Getting There:  Car

Nearest Town:  Blackwood

Walk Area:  Central Victoria

Distance from Melbourne GPO:  89 km

Mobile Phone Coverage:  Yes but coverage varies by provider

Walk Details Collated:  October 2005

Walk Details Provided By:  Essendon Bushwalking Club 

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Getting There

Drive to Blackwood on the Western Highway via Melton and Bacchus Marsh, taking the Greendale-Myrninong Rd turn-off from the highway and then the Greendale-Trentham Rd to Blackwood.  In Blackwood follow Martin Street north to Golden Point Road. Follow this east for 500m to the Mineral Springs Reserve on the left.

Further Information

Recommended Map:  Lerderderg & Werribee Gorges, Meridian Maps  

Parks Victoria:  Lerderderg State Park website 

Parks Victoria:  Lerderderg State Park Visitor Guide 

Parks Victoria:  Map for mobile devices  

Information on mobile phone coverage

Comments (2)

  • Tania Tobias

    Tania Tobias

    18 March 2013 at 21:44 |
    Hi! I lead the Ramblers Bushwalking Group on this walk last Sunday, having pre-walked it the week before. I enjoyed the walk both times, though there is a large portion of the circuit on either country roads or four-wheel-drive tracks.
    Two comments, if I may:
    The walk notes talk about reaching the end of Hayden Track then finding 204M etc etc down to the ford. There is actually a small track that leads down to this ford,heading off to the right about 20 metres before the end of Hayden Track, and winding its way down the fairly steep descent to a picnic ground at the river junction. it is not always crystal clear but is definitely there and I have used it twice, now. The Park Rangers might even like to put a signpost where this track comes off Hayden Track.
    Secondly, the return trip from the Rotunda to Mineral Springs can be enhanced by watching for a turn off, signposted "Moonlight Track", to the left. This track, though very steep, was voted the highlight of our day, with lovely forest and river views that are worth stopping for as the steepness of the track precludes one from walking and gawking at the same time.
    Kind regards, Tania Tobias
    • Chris Towers

      Chris Towers

      27 March 2013 at 06:04 |
      Hi Tania

      Thanks for your feedback and ideas. I have approved your comments meaning will show on the page for this walk. I will also look at incorporating your suggestions into the walk details.

      Chris Towers
      Bushwalking Victoria

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