Distance: 14 Km | Duration: 4.5 Hrs | Grade: TBA | Rating: | Style: Circuit | Map
Best Season: Autumn, Spring
About the Walk
A very pleasant walk through the dry open forest typical of central Victoria. As well, there are water races and fern gullies. The Tunnel was constructed by early gold miners to divert the river.
The Walk in Detail
All on track; includes some road walking. There are a couple steep but short climbs & some steep descents which may be slippery when wet. 220m change in elevation. Walking poles useful.
Start: Shaws Lake.
- Walk east on Shaws Lake Rd and north-east on North Blackwood Rd to the junction with Tunnel Point Tk. Turn right onto Tunnel Point Tk and walk south-south-east to the top of a ridge and then descend steeply to the Lerderderg River. Distance 5.4km.
- View The Tunnel (LER525). Walk south on a footpad on Tunnel Spur and follow the track that drops down the west side of the spur onto the dry bed of the Lerderderg River. Walk along the bed back to the other side of The Tunnel. Ascend Gribble Tk, a rough 4WD track which ascends steeply south-west to the junction of Gribble and Byers Back Tks. Turn right onto Byers Back Tk and walk north-west. Pass Kangaroo Tk, Websters Tk, Deadmans Tk and continue to the junction with Jensens Gully Tk. Distance 6.1km.
- Turn right onto Jensens Gully Tk and walk north. This track includes a rough steep descent to the Lerderderg River and a very steep climb out. Continue to North Blackwood Rd. Distance 1.1km.
- Turn right onto Nth Blackwood Rd and then left onto Shaws Lake Rd to the walk end point. Distance 1.4km.
End: Shaws Lake.
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.
Drive to Blackwood on the Western Highway (M8) via Melton and Bacchus Marsh, taking the C318 exit (Greendale-Myrninong Rd) turn-off from the highway and turning right to cross back over the highway. In Greendale (6.4km) turn right to stay on C318. In 10km turn right onto Old Golden Point Road, then in 200m turn right to stay on Old Golden Point Rd and after a further 800m turn right again onto Golden Point Rd. In 350m turn left onto Albert St and in 50m turn right towards Golden Point Rd. In 450 m take first left onto Golden Point Rd. In 1.5km turn sharp left to stay on Golden Point Rd and reach Shaws Lake 1.1km later.
May get wet feet on crossing the river at Jensens Gully.
Blackwood Recreation Reserve:
Car parking, picnic tables and a rotunda at Shaws Lake.