Water levels in the Lerderderg gorge.

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Water levels in the Lerderderg gorge.

Postby Dreamer 61 » Mon 16 Jan, 2017 9:26 am

Hi my mates and I are contemplating a through walk of the lerderderg gorge in late January. Whilst I dont really foresee there being insufficient water for cooking and drinking,I would feel more comfortable with being able to obtain some accurate information. Any assistance on this topic would be much appreciated. We are actually hoping for a swim each day which is great after a hard days walk.
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Re: Water levels in the Lerderderg gorge.

Postby overlandnoob » Sun 22 Jan, 2017 5:18 pm

I went in Feb a few years ago - unless there has been recent rain there's not likely to be much water apart from a few pools/billabongs here and there. Should be good for a swim and for drinking as long as you treat it. Look out for snakes there are plenty along the river.
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Re: Water levels in the Lerderderg gorge.

Postby Snowzone » Mon 23 Jan, 2017 11:28 am

The Lerderderg was still running 3 weeks ago and there has been rainfall in the area since. There are usually some deep pools that remain suitable for swimming in. I would be treating any water taken from the river.
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Re: Water levels in the Lerderderg gorge.

Postby bigkev » Sun 05 Mar, 2017 7:41 pm

I was down in the gorge at the bottom of Bears Head Range Track and then again at the Ah Kow Mine Ruins last Saturday. The Lerderderg is not flowing at the moment. There are plenty of pools that are great for swimming though:). I've posted a few photos here if anyone's interested http://goinferalonedayatatime.blogspot. ... -park.html
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Re: Water levels in the Lerderderg gorge.

Postby OllieVic » Fri 17 Mar, 2017 8:03 am

Ye same might be quite dry now but there's usually always some big pools along the length of the river providing you take a filter or something to treat your water. I pump all my water through a Katadyn filter, usually does a good job. Also yes nearly everytime I've been there especially along the river you will most likely see snakes, usually red belly black snakes. Be sure to wear some good gaiters and just be aware in very bushy sections to take it slow.
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Re: Water levels in the Lerderderg gorge.

Postby Drew » Fri 24 Mar, 2017 8:30 pm

I think I'll go on an impromptu overnighter in Lerderderg tomorrow night. Some sort of circuit from Lohs Lane. I'm thinking that this week's rain will have just filled up a few pools and flushed things out a bit. The river should be very low again (if flowing at all) by now, right?
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Re: Water levels in the Lerderderg gorge.

Postby Drew » Mon 27 Mar, 2017 8:06 am

In answer to my own question: lots of lovely pools for swimming, but easy walking along the river bank with no flowing water.

We started at Loh's Lane, descended Lower Chadwick Track, walked downstream along the river until the bottom of Bears Head Range Track, where we camped. The river was flowing from just upstream of our campsite (only just). Next day we climbed Bears Head Range Track, then returned to Loh's Lane via Blackwood Ranges Track and Foxy Gully Track.

It was only about 15km. We started walking about 2pm Saturday and were back at the car at midday Sunday, so a pretty short walk that could easily be done as a daywalk. However it was lovely to spend the night out there. It really is a nice place. Feels a million miles away from the city. And only two snake sightings!
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Re: Water levels in the Lerderderg gorge.

Postby Eremophila » Mon 27 Mar, 2017 8:10 pm

Thanks Drew, will be heading there in the next couple of months.
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Re: Water levels in the Lerderderg gorge.

Postby GregR » Mon 03 Apr, 2017 1:47 pm

Did a quick 8km wander around the O'Briens Crossing to The Tunnel area on Saturday. No flowing water, just some stagnant pools.

First time I have been able to walk right up to the tunnel (well almost -there was a pool of putrescent muck at the entrance itself)

Could have walked as far as we felt in the riverbed if we were so inclined.
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Re: Water levels in the Lerderderg gorge.

Postby bigkev » Sat 13 Apr, 2019 6:36 pm

For anyone heading out to Lerderderg over Easter it would probably pay to BYO H2O. I did the Sardine, Clear Water, Lerderderg loop from O'Briens today and things are as dry as I've ever seen them out there. Some of the deeper pools have still got water but they look very dodgy, I wouldn't be drinking from them unless it was a last resort.

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Looking downstream from the ford at O'Briens Crossing.
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Re: Water levels in the Lerderderg gorge.

Postby rumblepants » Mon 29 Jul, 2019 3:58 pm

I was up at Lerderderg last weekend and the water levels have come back a bit after the rains. Looks like there was some flash flooding along the river.
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Re: Water levels in the Lerderderg gorge.

Postby Orbita_Serenitatem » Tue 06 Aug, 2019 2:11 pm

rumblepants wrote:I was up at Lerderderg last weekend and the water levels have come back a bit after the rains. Looks like there was some flash flooding along the river.


Rumblepants, I'm planning to do the Lerderderg Trail B'March to Daylesford this weekend etc. How deep was the water at O'Brian's?
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Re: Water levels in the Lerderderg gorge.

Postby Drew » Mon 23 Sep, 2019 9:44 am

Has anyone been down to the gorge in the past week or two? I'm thinking of walking a route that I've done in drier months but not sure how feasible it is in Spring. There would be a section of river walking from the bottom of Razorback Track to the weir (or could be shortened to come up Bears Head Range Track if the going is too slow along the river).
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Re: Water levels in the Lerderderg gorge.

Postby Drew » Mon 30 Sep, 2019 5:37 pm

Has anyone been down to the gorge in the past week or two? I'm thinking of walking a route that I've done in drier months but not sure how feasible it is in Spring. There would be a section of river walking from the bottom of Razorback Track to the weir (or could be shortened to come up Bears Head Range Track if the going is too slow along the river).
Thanks.


To answer my own question (hopefully for someone's benefit!) the river was flowing very nicely but it was easy enough to walk along. Slower going than when it's drier (with lots of criss-crossing required) but no thigh deep wading or anything near it - in fact my feet almost stayed dry.
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