The Tunnel and Sardine Creek (11.3km)

Lerderderg State Park


11.3 km

4 hrs

Grade 4



Hike summary

Route and GPX file


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Access Conditions

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About the region

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  • Trail Hiking Australia

    The tunnel was hand carved (with explosives) to divert the river for gold exploration.

  • Hi All
    “”””The trail beyond this point is not particularly easy to follow and in some places, it may be easier to simply follow the Lerderderg River through to the Ambler Lane ford”””

    The trail beyond this point is non-existant with no markers what so ever. Walking along the river is difficult and depending on rain, impossible.

    At 3325M, east of the tunnel exit after crossing, you are better to set a direct bearing of NEE or about 75-80 degrees, climb up over the ridge and meet up the trail at the amber lane crossing next to Emergency Marker LER524.

    If you are doing this counter-clockwise, turn left at LER524 and take Byers track to the tunnel.

    Also. 7063M to 9364M is an old abused 4X4 track, lots of shale and loose stones, footing can be very difficult.

    This one ambushed us a bit, parts of this walk are definitely class 4 maybe even small parts class 5.

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