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 the Recreation Reserve return to Simmons Reef Road. Follow Simmons Reef Road west to Skinners Road. Take this road south to reach the Great Dividing Trail, then west along the trail to the Garden of St Erth, approximately 2km from the reserve.
From the Jack Cann Reserve adjacent to the garden, head uphill along the Easter Monday Track. At a four-way junction continue straight ahead (uphill and to the west) to Fosters Lookout. Continue west to New Sultan Road. Go south to the Blackwood Ridge Road and follow this west to McLaughlins Lookout for a rest stop.
Descend north to the Lerderderg River on Green Gully Track. Lunch is beside the river, at the foot of Tram Creek. After lunch head south-easterly along the Lerderderg Heritage River Trail, back towards the Garden of St Erth along an old water race. Follow a bush track over Simmons Reef Road back to the Recreation Reserve.
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 Blackwood. The walk starts and finishes at the Blackwood Recreation Reserve. Click here for a map of Blackwood showing the recreation reserve.
Recommended Maps: VicMap Trentham 7723-2-3, 1:25,000 or Wombat State Forest Touring Guide, Meridian Productions, 1:50,000 (this one may be out of print now)
Guidebook: Melbourne's Western Gorges by Glenn Tempest, Open Space Publishing, 2012 (Lerderderg Heritage Trail walk)(can purchase book online and download GPS files)
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