• Length: 17.4km

  • Duration: 5hrs

  • Grade: 3

  • Style: Circuit

  • Start: Blackwood

  • End: Blackwood

  • Location: Wombat State Forest

  • Closest Town: Blackwood

  • Distance from CBD: 91km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -37.47633142

  • Longitude: 144.2978714

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Heritage and Whipstick Circuit is a 17.4km, grade 3 circuit hike, located in Wombat State Forest, Victoria. The hike should take approximately 5hrs to complete.

Hike Summary

The Heritage and Whipstick Circuit is a combination of the Whipstick Loop Walk and the Lerderderg Heritage River Walk. The trail can be taken in any direction. This version was hiked anti-clockwise starting and ending at the Blackwood pub.

Heritage trail: Most of this section of the walk follows old water races along the upper reaches of the Lerderderg River to Crown Dam (site).

Whipstick trail: This section of the walk is situated in the Wombat State Forest and traverses part of the Great Dividing Trail but then loops down around Whipstick Creek through some beautiful open eucalypt forest, to bring you back to your starting point at the Blackwood Pub.

Along the walk there is historical evidence of various types of mining with both vertical and horizontal shafts. All of the mining in the area was conducted by hand in very difficult conditions. There is a fenced area with a viewing platform along the track, where you can safely view one of the old mine shafts. Take the time to look and appreciate the extent of works undertaken but for your safety, please stick to the track.

Further along the trail you will also get to walk along the remnants of a water-race, Miners hand dug these trenches to direct water both to and from their mine workings. At one section of the track a boardwalk has been constructed around an old tree through which the miners once diverted the water course.There is also evidence of a structure that once spanned the creek that may have been a tramway or bridge foundations.


  • An easy walk which should take 4-5 hours depending on group size and level of fitness.
  • This was not a strenuous hike and would be rated easy/moderate.

GPX File

Total distance: 17423 m
Max elevation: 647 m
Min elevation: 573 m
Total climbing: 551 m
Total descent: -550 m
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22 thoughts on “Heritage and Whipstick Circuit (17.4km)

  1. Did this hike on the weekend 19/05/18. Nice track and and not to hard. Plenty to see and explore, lots of Mushrooms and fungi about jyou just need to keep your eyes peeled. Not to much in the scheme of uphill/ downhill. some nice vistas along the way especially the Heritage river track sections. saw 1 large tree that had fallen over one of the creek crossing bridges that needs to be removed. overall a good hike and perfect for young bushwalkers. Added bonus was the Blackwood hotel celebrating 150 years so a well deserved pint at the end of the walk.

  2. Just completed this hike over the long weekend. Really enjoyable. Worth noting that the GPX file is valuable. There are a number of tracks leading off in other directions particularly in the Heritage section. Even with the GPX we still managed to go off course a few times!

    1. Rosemary Andrykanus Hi there,

      Trail Hiking Australia is currently offline due to the introduction of new search tools.

      I had hoped this would be completed yesterday but seems not to be the case. I am sorry for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.

      If you need anything urgently for this weekend, please email me at [email protected]


      Darren Edwards

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