Razorback and Lower Chadwick Track Circuit - Bushwalking Victoria
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Razorback and Lower Chadwick Track Circuit Lerderderg State Park

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  • Walk Length: 13.5 km
  • Walk duration: 6 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:  79 km

Mobile Phone Coverage:  Yes but coverage varies by provider

Walk Details Collated:  October 2013

Walk Details Provided By:  Boroondara Bushwalkers

Walk Description

Route includes formed tracks, footpads, river walking & a paddock; some road walking at end. A steep descent to the river, with a steep ascent out of the gorge and another to Mt Blackwood. 400m change in elevation. Numerous river crossings; expect wet feet.

Start: Junction of Mt Blackwood Rd and Square Bottle Tk.

  1. Walk a few metres north on Square Bottle Tk to the junction with Razorback Tk. Turn right onto Razorback Tk and walk north-east on an undulating wide gravel track to the 'turntable'. Continue east on the track that is now a footpad to descend to the Lerderderg River. The descent becomes increasingly steep. Distance 4.4km.
  2. Turn right and walk south beside the Lerderderg River, crossing frequently to reach Mackenzie Camp. Distance 1km.
  3. Climb west on Mackenzie Tk to the junction with Lower Chadwick Tk. Continue climbing south-west on Lower Chadwick Tk to the grassy easement. Distance 4km.
  4. Pass through the gate, cross the grassy easement and climb a stile onto another grassy easement and climb west to Mt Blackwood. Circuit the Mt Blackwood fire tower for the panoramic views. Walk west down Tower Tk. Turn right onto Mt Blackwood Rd and walk north to the walk end point. Distance 3.1km.

End: Junction of Mt Blackwood Rd and Square Bottle Tk.

Disclaimer: All reasonable effort has been made to ensure that the route description was as accurate as possible at the time of publication.
The accompanying map is general in nature and should not be relied on for navigation purposes.

This park is infected with Cinnamon Fungus.  Please observe the following control measures:

  • Be clean on entry and exit. Vehicles, tyres, machinery, footwear and camping gear should be free of soil, gravel and mud prior to entering or leaving any park, reserve or campsite (particularly in high risk areas). Don't bring soil or gravel in – and don't take any home!
  • Where available, use boot cleaning stations and vehicle wash down bays – they are there for a reason.
  • Remain on formed roads, tracks and pathways at all times. Moving from infected to uninfected areas can spread the pathogen - particularly during wet weather when soils are wet and sticky.
  • Obey all track and road closure signs. Do not enter areas of vegetation that have been quarantined.

For full details on the fungus and required control measures please follow link provided in Further Information below.

Getting There

Drive to Blackwood on the Western Highway via Melton and Bacchus Marsh, taking the Greendale-Myrninong Rd exit from the highway and then turn right onto the Myrniong - Greendale Rd.  After 1.1 km continue straight ahead onto the Old Western highway.  After 9km turn right onto Mount Blackwood Rd.  Continue for about 1.3km until reach Square Bottle Tk on right.

The walk starts and finishes at the junction of Mt Blackwood Rd and Square Bottle Track.  Click here for a map of Blackwood.

Further Information

Vicmap: Index to Hard Copy topographic maps

VicmapOnline access to 1:30,000 topographic maps

Recommended Maps: Lerderderg & Werribee Gorges (1:35,000, 2011) Meridian Maps

Guidebook: Melbourne's Western Gorges by Glenn Tempest, Open Space Publishing, 2012 (can purchase book online and download GPS files)

Mobile phone coverage information

Weather forecast:  Central District

Parks Victoria: website   Lerderderg State Park

Parks Victoria:  Park Note: Lerderderg State Park

Parks Victoria: Map optimised for mobile devices. To download map, you must first install the free Avenza PDF Maps applicationLerderderg    

Cinnamon FungusInformation

 

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