GDTA Guided Walk – Grahams Dam and Lerderderg Gorge

DATE: Sunday, January 22, 2023

TIME: 9:30 – 1:30 (4 hours including rest breaks)


DIFFICUTY: Easy (Grahams Dam, 6 km); Hard (Link Track Circuit, 10 km)

DESCRIPTION: The walk starts along the spectacular Lerderderg Gorge from Mackenzies Flat Picnic Area near Bacchus Marsh. The river is currently full and has a reasonable flow. A couple of river crossings across stones require boots or good hiking shoes. The walk follows the River for about 2 km to Grahams Dam and a further 1 km along the river. At the 3 km point there will be an option for walkers to turn around and return to Grahams Dam for a swim and morning tea/lunch. Those who wish can continue along the Link Track circuit. This optional circuit walk involves a strenuous climb (300 m ascent) along a rocky track which requires some scrambling, 600m along a 4WD track and a descent along another rocky track back to Grahams Dam. Circuit walkers will be rewarded with spectacular views of the Lerderderg River valley and Mt Blackwood to the north and will welcome a swim in the dam before lunch.

REGISTRATION: Registration is essential no later than noon on Friday January 20. Register online using the following link:

If you have difficulty with on-line registration, contact the walk leader, Tim Bach (E:, M: 0409 232 572)

BRING: Walkers should bring their own first-aid kit and any required personal medications, water bottles, sun screen and personal hiking gear (sun glasses, walking sticks, small pack, etc). Wear clothing appropriate for the predicted weather conditions on the day. Hiking boots or good walking shoes are recommended. Bring light refreshments for morning tea and a lunch. If you plan to swim, bring bathers and a towel. River sandals or similar are recommended as the river bed is rocky, not sandy.

MEET: Location and time details will confirmed on registration.