• Length: 15.9km

  • Duration: 4-5hrs

  • Grade: 3-4

  • Style: Circuit

  • Start: Bunding-Blakeville Road

  • End: Bunding-Blakeville Road

  • Location: Wombat State Forest

  • Closest Town: Ballan

  • Distance from CBD: 92km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -37.513149

  • Longitude: 144.162246

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Werribee River Mount Hope Circuit is a 15.9km, grade 3-4 circuit hike, located in Wombat State Forest, Victoria. The hike should take approximately 4-5hrs to complete.

Hike Summary

This Werribee River Mount Hope Circuit commences at the junctions of the Ballan-Daylesford and Bunding-Blakeville Roads. From the small car park, follow the vehicle track in a south easterly direction for approximately 300. At the point where the road turns south you will need to leave the track and head east and off-trail down into a shallow gully and towards the Werribee River.

Follow the Werribee River Walk north through the Spargo Creek EA towards Carrolls Springs. Continue North to Carrolls Track, turning east walk a short distance to McGees Road.  A quick dog leg, left then right, will take you to the junction of Hell Hole Track then up to the summit of Mount Hope.

From the summit, head south east down a broad spur. This is a 2km off-trail section that continues south across a gully then turns west then south again before joining Cricket Ground Track. On reaching the track, head west by south for approximately 300m until you intersect with another unnamed vehicle track. Follow this track west for approximately 2km as it winds its way along a ridge line before turning south towards the Bunding-Blakeville Road.

On reaching the road, continue heading south for 500m until you reach the Werribee River. Follow the river north for 200m then head off-trail in a westerly direction until you reach a small gully. Drop into the gully and follow it to a vehicle track. Follow the track north, returning to the start point and your vehicle.

Getting there

From Melbourne's CBD, follow M1 and National Highway M8 to Ballan-Daylesford Rd/C141 in Ballan. Take the C141 exit from National Highway M8. Follow Ballan-Daylesford Rd/C141 to Bunding-Blakeville Rd in Bunding and park your vehicle in the space near the junction of the Ballan-Daylesford Rd.


  • This circuit follows a combination of dirt roads/4wd tracks, creeks and off-trail sections.
  • You should always carry a map and compass and posses good navigation skills.

GPX File

Total distance: 15856 m
Max elevation: 788 m
Min elevation: 549 m
Total climbing: 1753 m
Total descent: -1767 m
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Hike contributed by Kyle Schonewille

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22 thoughts on “Werribee River Mount Hope Circuit (15.9km)

  1. This was a really good trail and could have been awesome if there had been any water in the Werribee River and if the walk description had been more accurate and detailed. The details of how to commence the walk are inaccurate as is the description of the final 4-5 kms compared with the map provided. Perhaps someone can fix this up since if made the walk more difficult than it was supposed to be.

    1. I have always found the information to be accurate and easy to follow when I have done the hike. If you believe this information be be inaccurate, please send me a detailed description of the hike so that I can update the information here. Tracks do change and I do rely on members of the community, such as yourself, to provide updates if they do not match the original descriptions. Thank you for your help. The updated description can be emailed to me at [email protected]

      Cheers, Darren

  2. While the profile states its 1750m climbing/descent, this is wrong. GPX file has it as 950m, and my phone logged it today as 425m which is probably closer to the correct number. Also imported the GPX to Google Earth and it looks pretty flat there as well.

  3. Completed a couple of weeks ago, on our first weekend ‘out’. Some areas down near the creeks/river in the first and last segments were quite overgrown and pretty damp, so relied a lot on the map (on my phone) to work trace a path. Took a little time to find somewhere to cross the river near the end. Overall a nice walk of good length and moderate difficulty.

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