Walk Category: Short
Getting There: Car
Nearest Town: Beaufort
Walk Area: South West Victoria
Distance from Melbourne GPO: 199 km
Mobile Phone Coverage: Yes but coverage varies by provider
Walk Details Collated: October 2008
Walk Details Provided By: Ballarat Bushwalking & Outdoor Club
A pleasant walk from the picnic ground to the 1880 reservoir and the quarry used to built the reservoir. Follow a creek to the reservoir and then a stone water race en route to a lookout close to a pipe outlet (Ararat water supply). The lookout gives good views to Ben Nevis and the Mt Buangor Range.
Pick up the well signposted track from the camping area. As you get to some large boulders the track splits – take the track to the left. This track follows a creek, past a small dam and through granite boulders and up to the wall of main reservoir. Walk left across and below the spillway to the western side, and pick up a small track to an old quarry (which was used in building the reservoir in 1880).
This track is through a breach in the fence and requires minor rock scrambling. Walk back to the eastern side of the dam and continue left on the well signposted track, which in many places follows the open channel that linked the pipe from the Ararat reservoir - to the Langi Ghiran reservoir.
The water now travels underground from the where it emerges from a pipe near the lookout. Water (not potable) flows under gravity from the Ararat Reservoir 8 km west of this point. The lookout gives good views to Ben Nevis and the Mt Buangor range.
To complete the walk, either retrace your steps, or return to the picnic area on the forest service track. To pick up this road from the lookout, take the track to the right of the large boulders and follow it down to join Easter Ck Track and the Reservoir Road, to the picnic area.
From Beaufort travel west towards Ararat on the Western Highway. About 11 km after Buangor, take the second turn off right into Langi Ghiran State Park. Do not take the first entry to the Park (7.5 km after Buangor) as that is not allowed. On the second turn off (Kartuk Road) note the Railway Crossing and travel 5 km to the picnic/camping area, where the walk starts. Note that Kartuk Road is shown as Langi Ghiran Picnic Ground Road on some maps.
Parks Victoria: Langi Ghiran State Park
Note: As at August 2012 many areas of Langi Ghiran State Park are still affected by damage caused by heavy rainfall and storms in early 2011. Park staff have commenced repairing roads, walking tracks and visitor facilities and this work will continue for some time. Check with Parks Victoria for the latest information prior to visiting this park.
While in the area visit the La-ne-Jeering Aboriginal art site. When driving out of the park, turn hard left onto the Langi Ghiran Track about 100 m from the campground. Travel approx. 5.5 km until you see a small parking area on the right and a walking track going off to the left. Take this 1.8 km return track to visit the Lar-Ne-Jeering Aboriginal rock art site - its well worth the effort. Return to your car and continue east to join the highway in less than 1 km.