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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.