• Length: 8.5km

  • Duration: 4hrs

  • Grade: 3-4

  • Style: Circuit

  • Start: Blackwood Hotel

  • End: Blackwood Hotel

  • Closest Town: Blackwood

  • Location: Wombat State Forest

  • Distance from state capital: 89km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -37.46689382

  • Longitude: 144.31057395


The water races surrounding Yankee Creek, on the northern edge of Blackwood, bare witness to a much busier gold rush past. This hike will take advantage of the water races to explore one of the lesser known tributaries of the Lerderderg River. The hike passes through Mineral Springs Reserve and visits Shaws Lake along the way.Most of this walk follows water races and foot trails but there is the occasional fallen tree to scramble over. There is also a section of off trail walking down an open spur and along Yankee Gully, which will require basic navigational skills. One short but very steep hill is also encountered.

Getting there

From Melbourne follow the Western Freeway for 67Km and take the Greendale exit. Continue on for 6.5Km to Greendale. Turn right along the Greendale-Trentham Road and follow it for 11Km to Blackwood. Park near the hotel.


Be careful of mine shafts in the area. Walking Poles are useful. Carry water.


Total distance: 8509 m
Max elevation: 649 m
Min elevation: 524 m
Total climbing: 342 m
Total descent: -342 m