Distance: 8 Km | Duration: 2.5 Hrs | Grade: TBA | Rating: | Style: Circuit | Map
About the Walk
This walk includes some of the delights of Lerderderg, but with none of the steep climbs. Highlights are the extensive views to Melbourne, the You Yangs, surrounding farmland and into the gorge from Mt Blackwood; old growth manna gums; wildflowers; and picturesque old farm buildings/equipment. Bring your camera.
The Walk in Detail
This walk is all on tracks except for the easy descent of Mt Blackwood and a flat walk along Grassy Easement, a fence line is followed through a paddock. Some road walking. 150m change in elevation. 2.5hrs of walking, not including breaks. There are side-trips to explore the easy sections of Chadwick Track (return) and Ah Kow Track (return). A great walk for photographers.
Start: Junction of Mt Blackwood Road and Tower Track.
Follow Tower Track east to the Mt Blackwood fire tower. Circuit the tower. Return to Tower Track, turn right and walk north east. The made track ends after a few metres at the Great Dividing Trail marker. Descend though a wide grassy easement, toward the bottom of which is a stand of beautiful Manna Gums, to a stile. Climb the stile, cross to the rusty gate and pass through to Lower Chadwick Track (signposted). Follow Lower Chadwick Tracknorth-east until it becomes steep. Distance 2.5km.
Retrace steps to the gate. Pass through the rusty gate. (Do not go through the other gates onto private property.) After a few metres, at the corner of the fence enclosing the private property, turn left onto a grassy easement and walk south to Lohs Lane. Distance 1.8 km.
At Lohs Lane, turn left onto a wide gravel track and walk south-east for a short distance with a paddock on your left and old farm machinery on your right. Pass through the gate and continue to the signpost marked 'Blackwood Range Track/Ah Kow Track'. At the signpost turn left onto Ah Kow Track. For the first 20-50m the track is obscure. Follow Ah Kow Track north-east until it becomes steep. Distance 1.2km.
Retrace steps to the gate. Pass through the gate and continue north west for a short distance to Lohs Lane. Turn left onto Lohs Lane and follow it to the junction with Mt Blackwood Road. Turn right and walk north along Mt Blackwood Rd to the walk end point. Distance 2.5km.
End: Junction of Mt Blackwood Rd and Tower Track.
Disclaimer: All reasonable effort has been made to ensure that the route description was as accurate as possible at the time of publication.
The accompanying map is general in nature and should not be relied on for navigation purposes.
This park is infected with Cinnamon Fungus. Please observe the following control measures:
Be clean on entry and exit. Vehicles, tyres, machinery, footwear and camping gear should be free of soil, gravel and mud prior to entering or leaving any park, reserve or campsite (particularly in high risk areas). Don't bring soil or gravel in – and don't take any home!
Where available, use boot cleaning stations and vehicle wash down bays – they are there for a reason.
Remain on formed roads, tracks and pathways at all times. Moving from infected to uninfected areas can spread the pathogen - particularly during wet weather when soils are wet and sticky.
Obey all track and road closure signs. Do not enter areas of vegetation that have been quarantined.
For full details on the fungus and required control measures please follow link provided in Further Information below.
Getting ThereDrive to Blackwood on the Western Highway via Melton and Bacchus Marsh, taking the Greendale-Myrninong Road turn-off from the highway and turning right to cross back over the highway. In 1.1km continue straight on to the Old Western Highway. In 7km turn right onto Mount Blackwood Road. Continue until reach Tower Track on right (just past Lohs Lane). The walk starts and finishes at the junction of Mt Blackwood Road and Tower Track.
Grass surrounding the Mt Blackwood fire tower and in the grassy easements may be longish and wet. In grassy areas there may be minor obstaclesäóîrocks, small hollows, fallen bark and tree branches. Cinnamon fungus area.
Blackwood Recreation Reserve: