Grahams-Dam Trail Hiking Australia
  • Length: 3.5km

  • Duration: 1-2hrs

  • Grade: 2

  • Style: Return

  • Start: Mackenzies Flat

  • End: Mackenzies Flat

  • Location: Lerderderg State Park

  • Closest Town: Bacchus Marsh

  • Distance from CBD: 75km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -37.6151545417

  • Longitude: 144.4251169525

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2WD Access
Bitumen Road
Winding Road
Large Car Park
Public Toilets
Picnic Shelter
Picnic Table
Untreated Water
BBQ Facilities

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2WD Access

4WD Access

Public Transport

Bitumen Road

Gravel Road

Steep Road

Winding Road

Speed Bumps

Vehicle Ford

Entry Fee

Large Car Park

Small Car Park

Accessible Parking

Accessible Toilet

Public Toilets

Drinking Water

Untreated Water

Picnic Shelter

Picnic Table

BBQ Facilities

Campfire Pit

Camping Area

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Gravel Path
Sandy Trail
River Crossings
Scenic Viewpoints
Well Marked
Untreated Water
Fishing Spots
Swimming Spots

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Concrete Path

Timber Boardwalk

Gravel Path

Sandy Trail

Rough Trail

Undefined Trail

Prams & Strollers

Manual Wheelchair

Motorised Wheelchair

Bicycle Trail

Mountain Bike Trail

Historic Rail Trail

Dog Friendly

Urban Walk

Coast & Beach

Historic Lighthouse

Waterfalls & Lakes

Rainforest Walk

Goldfields & Mining

Heritage Walk

Aboriginal Art

Alpine Region

Alpine Huts

Exposed Ledges

Rock Scrambling

Steep Terrain

Bush Bashing

River Crossings

Scenic Viewpoints

Well Marked

Drinking Water

Untreated Water

Fishing Spots

Swimming Spots

Overnight Campsites

Trail Running

Horse Riding


The Lerderderg Gorge Walk to Grahams Dam is a 3.5km, grade 2 return hike, located in the Lerderderg State Park, Victoria. The hike should take approximately 1-2 hrs to complete.

This is a great walk for kids that commences at McKenzie’s Flat on the Lerderderg river and follows the river through the lower reaches of the Lederberg Gorge. It is a very pleasant short walk through the native forest with plenty of opportunities for swimming. This is a great walk for kids or anyone looking to get into nature as it is fairly short with there are lots of opportunities to explore.

The changes in the river levels between seasons are quite dramatic. In the winter and spring you will often find a reasonable flow but in the summer it can stop flowing and dry up completely in places. If you arrive to find the river is dry at McKenzie’s Flat don’t be too disheartened – there may still be some very pleasant waterholes upstream. If you are looking for a scenic walk alongside a flowing river, winter or spring is definitely the time to go.

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. This is a fantastic but very strenuous walk. The circuit provides access to some more remote sections of the gorge and also bypasses Lerderderg Weir.

Getting there

Follow the Western Freeway and turn left off at C704 the Bacchus Marsh -Gisborne exit (this is a clearly sign posted Freeway exit). Drive 1.8kms towards Gisborne then turn left along Lerderderg Gorge Road and follow it 5.4kms to Mackenzies Flat picnic area.


  • The walk is mostly flat and easy, but it does involve fixed artificial stepping stones across the river at two different points, so it is not suitable for prams, wheelchairs or people with limited mobility.
  • The river is prone to flooding so avoid after heavy rains.
  • No Pets allowed
  • Beyond Grahams Dam, there are a number of more challenging walking tracks. Do not attempt these unless you have the necessary navigation experience.
  • Facilities at the trail-head include car parking, toilets, BBQ, picnic tables and a shelter with information signs.
Total distance: 3601 m
Max elevation: 187 m
Min elevation: 144 m
Total climbing: 129 m
Total descent: -127 m
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