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Werribee River Walk, Wombat State Forest

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by Lyndsey V (subscribe)
I'm an ecologist and writer based in Melbourne, Australia. Also visit me at www.instagram.com/victoriafloraandfauna/
Published June 10th 2021
Explore the upper Werribee River in Wombat State Forest
Let me start by saying what this walk is not. It's not the Werribee Gorge walk. Nor is this walk in the township of Werribee. It is, however, definitely a walk along the Werribee River but along its meandering upper reaches in the beautiful Wombat State Forest.

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The walking track along the Werribee River in the Wombat State Forest


The walk is a 4.5 km loop that closely follows both banks of the river. It's a great option for a bushwalk for those short on time or are building up to something a bit longer. There is surprisingly little information on this walk available online. However, the walk is well-marked and sign-posted.

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The 4.5 km loop is well-signposted


The walk can be started from either the picturesque Werribee River picnic area, located on Bunding-Blakeville Rd, Blakeville, or from the Werribee River camping ground, on Carrolls Track, Spargo Creek. Both roads into these areas are unsealed, and are located off the Ballan-Daylesford Road, just south of the Spargo Creek Road intersection.

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The picnic area is one of the starting points, and a beautiful spot for lunch


We walked the loop anti-clockwise. If you start from the Werribee River picnic area, then this option gets a steep (but short) set of steps out of the way early in the hike. From there, it's an undulating walk along a narrow track, heading north along the east bank of the river. The track passes through lovely native forest, and there are plenty of views down to the river along the way.

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The walking track


The track crosses back over the river at the Werribee River camping ground, which is a large cleared grassy area. But before crossing, it's worth following the sign to see Carrolls Spring. It's just one of the many mineral springs in the region. This one is a small tap that comes out of the side of the hill near a picnic table.

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Can you find the mineral spring tap?


After crossing the river, the track turns to the south and follows the west bank of the Werribee River, back to your original starting spot at the picnic area. This is a lovely spot for lunch, either at one of the picnic tables or on a grassy area right by the river itself.

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Find a spot by the river to sit and have lunch


This is a good walk to do in either autumn, when there is a delightful diversity of fungi to see, or in spring, when the wildflowers are flowering.

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Native orchids along the walking track are just some of the wildflowers you might see


The Wombat State Forest has many other excellent walks, including the nearby Whipstick Loop walk or Lerderderg Heritage River walk, both located near the nearby town of Blackwood.

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Views of the Werribee River along the walking track


Although this is a relatively short walk, as with any bushwalk you should always be prepared and do your research before you go, including taking a map, walking within your abilities, telling someone your walking plans and return time, and taking appropriate clothing and food.

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The track winding its way through the forest

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Why? Explore the upper reaches of the Werribee River
When: Any time
Where: Wombat State Forest
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Beautiful walk and lovely photos.
by Maria-MPG Narratives (score: 2|915) 177 days ago
It would be helpful to know with walks information if dogs on lead are allowed.
by baint (score: 0|3) 174 days ago
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