East Walk – Cowan Track Circuit - Bushwalking Victoria
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East Walk – Cowan Track Circuit Lerderderg State Park

3.8/5 rating (15 votes)
  • Walk Length: 12 km
  • Walk duration: 5 hours
  • Walk Grade: Medium
  • 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:  59 km

Mobile Phone Coverage:  Yes but coverage varies by provider

Walk Details Collated:  October 2005

Walk Details Provided By:  Essendon Bushwalking Club

Walk Description

From O'Briens Crossing cross the ford and locate the signposted East Walk. The track meanders and undulates downstream along the east bank of the river through a mixture of light forest and patches of gorse. The track passes remnants of nineteenth century gold mining activity, including diggings, water races, mullock heaps and collapsed adits. At times the track traverses close to the water, and some caution is required at times of high river levels. A suggested lunch spot is the campsite at Mine Camp, an open, flat level area on the right,
opposite Nolan Track.

After lunch continue downstream until the track climbs above the river to the junction with Cowan Track. Follow Cowan Track steeply north up a spur until it becomes a 4WD track at the top of the spur. Continue north along Cowan Track for 4km until it joins O'Briens Road. Follow O'Briens Road north west for 1km to the Short Cut walking track. Descend westerly down Short Cut Track until it re-joins O'Briens Road. Continue down O'Briens Road to O'Briens Crossing.

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 approximately 2km south of Blackwood and turn into O'Briens Road. Follow O'Briens Road east for approximately 5.5km to O'Briens Crossing. The walk starts and finishes from this point. Parking is available on the west bank of the river.

Further Information

Recommended Maps:  Lerderderg & Werribee Gorges, Meridian Maps (Use the 1:15,000 Blackwood inset) 

Mobile phone coverage information

Parks Victoria:  Lerderderg State Park (website)

Parks Victoria:  Visitor Guide for Lerderderg State Park

Parks Victoria:  Map (optimised for mobile devices)

Recommended Map:  Lerderderg & Werribee Gorges, Meridian Maps

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