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The Great Dividing Trail is a hiking track that runs through the historical gold mining regions of Victoria. Located at the southern end of the Great Dividing Range, the entire trail is 280km long, made up of various smaller walks with numerous entry points.
The Lerderderg Track section of the trail is 80km long. It runs from Bacchus Marsh to Daylesford, through Lerderderg State Park, via Blackwood.
Trentham Golf Club was voted one of the best quality, best value courses in the country by Golf Magazine Australia. Easy to walk and with some of the best greens in Victoria, it's easy to see why the course is so popular.
The eighteen grass greens feature a large variety of holes, from a 115m par-3 to a 458m par-5, providing fun for golfers of all ages and abilities.
The Lerderderg River rises below the Blackwood Ranges, part of the Great Dividing Range, in the Lerderderg State Forest near Blackwood. The river flows along a meandering 40km course with the Lerderderg Gorge Picnic Ground, various camping sites, bush walking tracks and fishing spots along its banks.
A wide variety of wildlife and vegetation call the river valley home, all of which you can see on the various tracks around the river. As well as sightseeing, you can also enjoy the river's popular swimming spots.
The Garden of St Erth is a secluded getaway not far from Daylesford and Ballarat. Each season in St. Erth is unique, from carpets of daffodils in spring to long flowering flower borders in summer and magnificent autumn garden colour.
Stroll around the Diggers Garden Shop and shop for a wide range of incredible edibles, hardy perennials and shrubs and stock up on seeds for the vegetable and flower garden. Relax over coffee in the cafe and stay on for lunch in the surrounds of the beautiful gardens and Wombat State Forest.
Located in the heart of the Blackwood community, this fully licensed cafe and general store is a hidden gem in Victoria's Wombat State Forest.
The Blackwood Merchant is the perfect location to enjoy a magnificent, relaxed breakfast or lunch with seasonal produce and house-made goodness, to chat with inviting hosts, sip local wine or beer and enjoy views that will have you wanting to return another day.
Voted as one of Victoria’s “prettiest’’ ovals, Blackwood recreation reserve hosts many events throughout the year including the Easter Carnival, Music Festival, Gold panning championships, cricket matches and many weddings.
The Recreation Reserve is available for private hire, just contact us for more information.
Blackwood and surrounds provides many opportunities for both leisurely and adventurous bush walking. See the beautiful native flora and fauna, and observe the many remains of the Gold mining era.
The bush is rugged and walks should not be undertaken lightly. Make sure you are prepared with a current map, water and any other items that may be required. Always tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return.
Click link for one of our favourite walks.
The Historical Museum is open to the public on the 1st Saturday of the month from 12 noon – 2pm. Visitors are welcome to view their items of interest and historical records: Come see a piece of Blackwood History!
The building which now houses the Blackwood Historical Society’s Museum is the perfect location for a museum, steeped in local history: it was built in 1880 and was once the Blackwood Police Stables. They now house a meeting room, records, archival materials and photos and a display area for historical items and photographs.
Pykes Creek is located on a tributary of the Werribee River, along the Western Highway. The reservoir provides water for the Bacchus Marsh and Werribee Irrigation Districts, but is also an ideal location for boating and swimming.
The Bostock Reservoir entrance is off Shaws Road, Ballan. The site functions as one of the state's most important drinking water reserves as well as a beautiful location for sightseeing, fishing and having picnics.
Easter Saturday is a special day in Blackwood, a beautiful town in the Wombat State Forest, Victoria. The sound of carnival mayhem and axes ring out over the forest during this not-for-profit event. The Blackwood Progress Association hosts the day and funds raised support our 340-person bush community.