Garden of St.Erth to Crown Dam Circuit

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Distance:  9 Km   |  Duration:  3 Hrs   |  Grade:  TBA   |  Rating:    |  Style:  Circuit

About the Walk

Overview

A circuit walk following two historic water races cut above the Lerderderg.

The Walk in Detail

Starting at the north west corner of the car park beyond the Garden of St.Erth are ancient pine trees marking the start of the Lerderderg Heritage River Walk. The walking track follows the upper race north west through messmate and stringy bark clad hillsides, weaving in and out of fern lined gullies.

At the point where the Lerderderg Road is crossed for the third time the Great Dividing Trail is followed north west as the track descends down to the river at the site of the historic Crown Dam. Water here was conveyed by race for use at the Imperial Mine.  After a break, the picturesque lower race is followed south east back to the Garden of St.Erth via ferny glades, blackwoods and tall timbers.

Getting There

Drive to Blacwood on the Western Highway via Melton and Bacchus Marsh.  Take the Greendale-Myrninong Rd and then the Greendale-Trentham Rd to Blackwood.  In Blackwood turn west at Simmons Reef Road, drive for about 1.7km. After a bend follow the sign to Garden of St.Erth, which is a left turn. Park in the upper car park. It is approximately 2km from leaving Blackwood.

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Central Victoria

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