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Five Places to Visit Near Blackwood

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Published August 22nd 2016
Are you looking for an escape from the city, but not too far of a drive? Try the little town of Blackwood - only an hour drive from the northern suburbs or an hour and a half from the CBD.

1. Blackwood Treetops: address is revealed once booked
AirBnB has opened a whole new world for accommodation and it's great finding gems in the country via the website.

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Modern AirBnB in Blackwood


Blackwood Treetops is a modern house surrounded by a spacious yard. It has unique windows, providing you with some beautiful and peaceful views of the trees outside.

It's also large enough to fit six people, so bring your family or friends for a quiet escape with a cosy fireplace.

2. Werribee Gorge State Park: Quarry Picnic Area, Myers Rd
At only 25 minutes from Blackwood, the gorge's Circuit Trail is a popular hike for those who don't mind a few hours of walking.

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Gorgeous views at Werribee Gorge


We were a little concerned at the hike's difficulty but it wasn't as bad as we thought! Some parts are steep and rocky but as long as you take your time and watch your step, it's doable.

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Bird's eye view of the river


There is a section where you hold onto a cable and walk along the rocks as it's close to the water's edge but it is only a small section.

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Relaxing reflections


We took about 3.5 hours including a wrong turn before the carpark - not bad for a 3--4 hour hike!

3. Garden of St Erth: 189 Simmons Reef Rd
This local garden is part of an abandoned gold-rush town. Now it plays an important part in preserving the building and gardens as part of the Diggers Garden and Environment Trust.

Entry is $10 but unfortunately we didn't get to see too much growing in the garden as it was the middle of winter.

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A tranquil section of the gardens


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An intricately decorated building


However there is a nursery if you are interested in buying plants and also a cafe that has a small, changing menu depending on the produce available.

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Gnocchi with beef ragu


We enjoyed some gnocchi, a lovely meal for a wintry weekend, along with a delicious coffee.

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Cute cafe decor


4. Trentham Falls: Trentham Falls Road
Take a 20 minute drive from Blackwood and you'll find the popular Trentham Falls. It's popular enough that Parks Victoria has dedicated a decent sized carpark for visitors.

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The magnificent falls


You can see the spectacular falls from a viewing platform but you'll see some other people heading down to the base despite signs warning against it.



We happened to see a rainbow as well on the day we visited! Dress warmly as it is usually quite cool.

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A rainbow appeared!


5. Lerderderg State Park: O'Brien's Crossing, O'Brien's Road
You'll notice lots of green and parks around the Blackwood area. Another large park in the vicinity is Lerderderg State Park.

We had some time to visit, so we thought we would drop by O'Brien's Crossing to see the river. It only took about fifteen minutes to drive from Blackwood. The roads are not sealed so be careful driving, especially around corners.

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The river at O'Brien's Crossing


We were pleasantly surprised as we weren't expecting much of a river, however the sun came out and the river surrounded by the green vegetation was extremely relaxing. There were also fireplaces and places to camp - I imagine it would be quite a popular place in summer!

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The beautiful green colours


I'd love to return to Lerderderg to check out some walks around the river and other sections, as it seems like quite a large park.

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A nice place for a dip or a picnic!


So there you have it - there's plenty to get up to around Blackwood, especially if you love nature and getting away from the city.

If you have any other recommendations for activities in the area, leave them in the comments below!

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Why? To enjoy a peaceful and short getaway not far from the CBD
Where: Ingliston, Blackwood and Trentham
Your Comment
A fantastic and informative article Mon. I am rather keen to go there.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|5676) 304 days ago
What a stupid thing to write that "you'll see some other people heading down to the waterfall base despite signs warning against it'. Thanks for encouraging more injuries, deaths and irresponsible behaviour.
by quigw (score: 1|11) 302 days ago
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