Distance: 12 Km | Duration: 7 Hrs | Grade: TBA | Rating: | Style: Return | Map
About the Walk
Get views of the surrounding area from near Mt Blackwood and then walk downinto the Lerderderg Gorge near the Lerderderg Weir.
The Walk in Detail
Walk back to Mt Blackwood Road, turn right (north) and walk for approximately 0.5km to the track leading to Mt Blackwood, now part of the Great Dividing Trail. Walk up this (east) to the highest point but not entering the compound which has restricted access. Good views are available here.
Continue along the Great Dividing Trail, walking down to the Lower Chadwick Track, then south along this to the intersection of Lohs Lane & Blackwood Ranges Track. Walk down Blackwood Ranges Track to Foxy Gully Track, follow this around for 3km to Clifford Track. Walk along this for 1km to Blackwood Ranges Track & walk east along this track to the start of Long Point Track. Go westerly down Long Point Track for 2km to the Lerderderg Weir. This track becomes quite steep towards the gorge.
If it is safe, cross the Lerderderg River below the weir to the east side, walk to the side of the weir and climb the steps to the top. Have lunch overlooking the weir & the Lerderderg River. After lunch retrace the route back to the intersection of Blackwood Ranges Track & Lohs Lane, then turn west along Lohs lane back to the cars.
For fit, agile walkers. The descent into & ascent out of the gorge along Long Point Track is quite steep and can be slippery in places. Do not cross the river unless safe to do so. The automatic gates of the weir can open at any time without warning.
Part of this walk passes through private property (walker access is permitted).
Please leave gates as you find them.
This walk skirts around part of the Ah Kow Gully Reference Area. Please obey all signs and map directions by not entering this area.
Getting ThereDrive to Blackwood on the Western Highway via Melton and Bacchus Marsh, taking the Old Western Highway turn-off from the highway and then the Mt Blackwood Rd north for about 10km to Lohs Lane. Turn right into Lohs Lane & park on side of the lane near the gate.
The descent into & ascent out of the gorge along Long Point Track is quite steep and can be slippery in places. Do not cross the river unless safe to do so. The automatic gates of the weir can open at any time without warning.