Blackwood – O’Briens Rd 15km
This walk takes you from the small township of Blackwood along some reasonably accessible and very interesting parts of the Lerderderg River valley as the river gorge tightens up. It includes the Blackwood (Mineral) Springs Reserve (on the outskirts of town, with a range of services and caravan park) as well as grand water races from the mining days. It comes very close to ‘The Tunnel’ – cutting off a meander of the Lerderderg River for mining purposes and has great views down some very steep slopes into the river itself.
Blackwood itself is accessible by all weather bitumen road from Melbourne (take the Greendale turn off the Western Freeway) or south from Trentham.
The latter part of the walk meets and is along part of O’Briens Road – a steep (but all weather) gravel that leads down to O’Briens Crossing. O’Brien’s Crossing is off the track, but has toilets and bush camping facilities. Take particular care with vehicles if you walk along or down O’Brien’s Road.
Page last updated 29 December 2014