Walk Category: Day
Getting There: Car
Nearest Town: Blackwood
Walk Area: Central Victoria
Distance from Melbourne GPO: 97 km
Mobile Phone Coverage: Yes but coverage varies by provider
Walk Details Collated: October 2005
Walk Details Provided By: Essendon Bushwalking Club
From Nolans Creek Picnic Ground follow Lerderderg Road W for 2km and then turn south onto Pumphouse Track for 3km. At Camp Road turn left (south) to join the Great Dividing Trail (GDT). After 200m leave Camp Road and continue along the GDT south to Gentle Annie Track, crossing the highest point in the Wombat State Forest.
Continue south down Gentle Annie Track to the Spargo / Blakeville Road. 400m south down this road is the halfway point of this walk. Turn left (north) then north east along Hodges Track to link up with Stockyard Track, which is then followed north east to Nolan Ridge Track. Follow this north then north west back to Nolans Creek Picnic Ground.
Nolans Creek Picnic Area:
Drive to Blackwood on the Western Highway via Melton and Bacchus Marsh. Take the Greendale-Myrninong Rd and then the Greendale-Trentham Rd to Blackwood. In Blackwood turn west at Simmons Reef Road, drive for about 2km, then about 100m before Garden of St Erth turn right down Wombat Forest Drive (Lerderderg Road). Follow the main road for about 7.5km, cross over a small wooden bridge, park at Nolans Creek Picnic Area on the right.
Recommended Map: Wombat State Forest Touring Guide, Meridian Maps, 1:50,000 (may be out of print)
DSE: Information on the Wombat State Forest (describes a drive in the area but some information that is relevant to the walk).
Great Dividing Trail Association: Information on Lerderderg Track (can buy guides/maps of the GDT via this website)
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