Whiskey on the Rocks trail hiking Australia
  • Length: 12.5km

  • Duration: 5hrs

  • Grade: 4

  • Style: Circuit

  • Start: Square Bottle Track

  • End: Square Bottle Track

  • Location: Lerderderg State Park

  • Closest Town: Myrniong

  • Distance from CBD: 75km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -37.53065826

  • Longitude: 144.36933856

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River Crossings
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Historic Lighthouse

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Whiskey on the Rocks (a variation of the Whiskey Creek Circuit) is a 12.5km, grade 4 circuit hike located in the Lerderderg State Park Victoria. The hike should take approximately 5hrs to complete.

Summary

This hike is a variation of one of Lerderderg’s most interesting and varied circuit walks. This variation follows the Lerderderg River downstream from the bottom of the Kenworthy Track to the start of the Razorback Spur. The name of this hike is inspired by the 3km section along the rocky Lerderderg River. It is advisable not to follow the river section if the river level is high or following heavy rain.

The Whiskey Creek Circuit trail passes various gold diggings, follows a scenic section of the historic water race and crosses one of Lerderderg’s deepest tributaries, Whisky Creek. Sweeping views of the gorge and a strong sense of history add greatly to this walks appeal.

Getting there

From Melbourne, follow the Western Freeway 9km past Bacchus Marsh and take the Myrniong exit. Continue along the Myrniog-Greendale Road for 1km, then turn right on the Mt Blackwood Road. Follow this narrow surfaced road north for 10km to pull into a turnoff on the right at Square Bottle Track (just 250m past Shuter Track). Park near the gate overlooking a small dam.

About the Region

Lerderderg State Park (incorporating the former Pyrete State Forest) is a 14,250-hectare park located between Bacchus Marsh and Blackwood, an hour’s drive from Melbourne, Australia. There are several maintained tracks for walking through the park and camping is allowed.

The park is named for the Lerderderg River which has cut the 300 metre deep Lerderderg Gorge through sandstone and slate, almost bisecting the park.

Parks Victoria maintains six designated walks: three short walks of 3.5 km or less; Blackwood-O’Briens Crossing and return (22 km); O’Briens Crossing-Cowan Track loop (14 km); and the overnight walk O’Briens Crossing to Mackenzies Flat (20 km).

In addition, one leg of the Great Dividing Trail, the Lerderderg Track, passes through the park, entering from Blackwood in the park’s northwest, and exiting south towards Bacchus Marsh. Bicycles are prohibited from one section of this track, due to a conservation area.

Tips

  • This is a difficult hike with river and creek crossings (although possibly dry in summer and autumn), a number of steep sections and undefined trails. Poles will be useful.
  • Suggested items to pack: Day Pack with Picnic Lunch and at least 2-3 litres of water.
  • Do now enter the gorge following heavy rain.
  • Hiking poles recommended and I also highly recommend water shoes if you have them as it will make the crossings easier.
Total distance: 12426 m
Max elevation: 641 m
Min elevation: 379 m
Total climbing: 679 m
Total descent: -679 m
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