Lerderderg State Park


Lerderderg State Park

Lerderderg State Park is part of an Aboriginal cultural landscape in the traditional Country of the Wurundjeri People. Parks Victoria respects the deep and continuing connection that Wurundjeri Traditional Owners have to these lands and waters, and we recognise their ongoing role in caring for Country.

The Lerderderg River has carved a deep and picturesque gorge through this rugged park located within easy reach of Melbourne, Bacchus Marsh and Ballarat. Picnic at Shaws Lake or O'Briens Crossing, follow an old water race and hike part of the Great Dividing Trail, or simply stroll along the river from Mackenzies Flat Picnic Area.

Although this park is just an hour's drive from Melbourne, it feels truly remote in many areas. See the Lerderderg River Gorge which dominates and divides it in two from O'Briens Crossing in the north to Mackenzies Flat in the south. Experienced hikers will be rewarded with dramatic views.

Bring the family and enjoy a barbecue by the river then take a gentle stroll upstream to Grahams Dam. Set up camp at Lerderderg Campground, which is a popular spot set in woodland.

Things To Do

Two women walk an Australian Cattle Dog alongside a rocky creek.

Amblers Crossing

Camping is permitted at Amblers Crossing. Amblers Crossing is 4WD or walk-in access only and due to the terrain and track surface is accessible in dry weather only.
A man wearing a blue shirt and jeans walks along the Back Byers Track with two companions.

East Walk and Cowan Track Loop

The East Walk and Cowan Track Loop is a challenging but rewarding day trip for experienced hikers wanting to capture that feeling of remoteness while remaining close to Melbourne.
A couple sit around a campsite and welcome their friends to their campsite as they walk in.

Lerderderg Campground

Lerderderg campground is five kilometres from O'Brien's Crossing on Upper Chadwick Track and has picnic tables, toilets and fireplaces.
A family stops for lunch at MacKenzie's Flat Picnic Area

Mackenzies Flat

Mackenzies Flat Picnic Area, at the end of the Lerderderg Gorge Road, is a popular spot for a picnic.There are toilets, electric barbecues and picnic tables.
Three friends walk up the track from O'Briens crossing.

OBriens Crossing

Walking is a great way to discover the park. From O'Briens Crossing there are a number of walks catering for a range of fitness levels and time constraints. There are also picnic tables and toilets at the crossing.

Lerderderg State Park

This area is well known for its wildlife. Keep an eye out for:


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How to get there

Lerderderg State Park

When to go

When visiting on hot days, pack enough water and arrive early. If hiking, be prepared for basic bush camping and rough terrain.

Camping & accommodation

Fees do not apply to these campgrounds. No bookings are taken for campgrounds where fees do not apply.  Camping is first in, first-served. Check out these locations.
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Need to know

Lerderderg State Park

Change of Conditions

Nature being nature, sometimes conditions can change at short notice. It’s a good idea to check this page ahead of your visit for any updates.

  • MacKenzies Flat Picnic Area

    Mackenzie's Flat Picnic Area BBQ's closed - Flood Damage

    The BBQ facilities at Mackenzie's Flat Picnic Area are flood impacted and will remain closed until further notice.

Lerderderg State Park

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219A Main St
Bacchus Marsh VIC 3340
13 1963
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