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  • Length: 12.8km

  • Duration: 3hrs

  • Grade: 3

  • Style: Return

  • Start: O'Briens Crossing

  • End: O'Briens Crossing

  • Location: Lerderderg State Park

  • Closest Town: Blackwood

  • Distance from CBD: 91km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -37.49618576

  • Longitude: 144.3609582

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East Walk - Mine Camp is a 12.8km, grade 3 return hike, located in Lerderderg State Park, Victoria. The hike should take approximately 3hrs to complete.

Hike Summary

This is a great overnight hike for the family as the terrain is relatively flat and Mine Camp offers a large open campsite close to the Lerderderg River.

The East Walk - Mine Camp hike follows the Lerderderg River downstream from O'Briens Crossing through to Mine Camp. The trail, which initially hugs the Lerderderg River is rough and narrow in places and subject to flood damage.

Return via the same route to O'Briens Crossing.

Note

Do not attempt this hike following heavy rains as the river is subject to flooding.

About the region

Rising in the Great Dividing Range, the Lerderderg River has cut a 300 metre deep gorge through sandstone and slate, almost bisecting the park. The park has a wide variety of vegetation and wildlife and some interesting relics of gold mining. Lerderderg State Park encompasses scenic and geological gorge formations surrounding the Lerderderg River as well as the volcanic cone of Mount Blackwood. The adjacent and separate block called the Pyrete Range forms part of the park. The Lerderderg is known for its remote setting and the 300m deep Lerderderg River gorge is a dominant feature. Private land abuts the park to the south and the Wombat State forest abuts to the north and west.

Lerderderg State Park (incorporating the former Pyrete State Forest) is a 14,250-hectare park located between Bacchus Marsh and Blackwood, an hour's drive from Melbourne, Australia. There are several maintained tracks for walking through the park and camping is allowed.

The park is named for the Lerderderg River which has cut the 300 metre deep Lerderderg Gorge through sandstone and slate, almost bisecting the park. Parks Victoria maintains six designated walks: three short walks of 3.5 km or less; Blackwood-O'Briens Crossing and return (22 km); O'Briens Crossing-Cowan Track loop (14 km); and the overnight walk O'Briens Crossing to Mackenzies Flat (20 km).

In addition, one leg of the Great Dividing Trail, the Lerderderg Track, passes through the park, entering from Blackwood in the park's northwest, and exiting south towards Bacchus Marsh. Bicycles are prohibited from one section of this track, due to a conservation area.

GPX File

Total distance: 13361 m
Max elevation: 466 m
Min elevation: 401 m
Total climbing: 479 m
Total descent: -479 m
Download file: East Walk - Mine Camp.gpx

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9 thoughts on “East Walk – Mine Camp (12.8km)

  1. Hiked in with my two boys aged 13 (seasoned pro) and 10 (first Hike) this weekend. We saw 3 goats at the camp-site which was pretty special. Had the camp all to ourselves. Easy to find the way with the direction. A bit tricky in places, but nothing we couldn’t handle. Good distance. Took us 3hrs 15 min on way in but only 2hrs 30 min on way out. Go figure!! Great hike would do it again for sure.

  2. The water is flowing in the river at this point in time from the rainfall which is great. I turned this into an overnight walk staying at the campsite near the end of the trail.
    The track is fairly straight forward, a few points where there are wash outs and fallen trees are a little tricky with a large backpack on but walking poles proved useful for these sections.
    There is a point on the trail where it turns into a goat track up and around a cliff edge as the original trail has been washed away. This is quite demanding and care should be taken on this section. Slow and steady is an understatement.
    If doing the circuit back to obriens crossing via Cowens track, there is a long steep section but doable. With many breathing stops 😉
    Plenty of water should be taken if doing this as a day walk, Would suggest no less than 2ltrs per person. Pref 3 Ltrs.

  3. Did this hike yesterday, having done it 12 months ago with dogs, there is a new sign that says no dogs. Given this is state forest, not sure on why this is up?

    1. Hey David. Unfortunately the Lerderderg is a State Park, not a State Forest and as such dogs are not allowed.

  4. Kids update!! Just hiked this on 14-15 November as an overnight with kids. The second half in particular is quite overgrown with quite a few narrow sections and path broken away. No problem for the average adult hiker but watch this with kids. Just after the section marked (disused site), and before you’d cross the river to Mine Camp, there is a decent sized land slide (fallen tree) with a very very narrow make-shift path with dry-ish earth that I would only navigate if you are very confident with your pack and on your feet. We ended up turning around and trying to find a camp which is practically impossible because of the rocky river bed. I’d also say the 2.25 hours indicated on the Lerdi map is for a relatively speedy adult, i.e. not the usual “relaxed” timing I find on some maps. Absolutely beautiful though, plenty of water in the river and just stunning.

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