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