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