Walking Since 1939

Blackwood Tunnel – Byers Back Track


Distance: 15km

Bookings are not required for this walk, just turn up at:   8:45am   Flagstaff station forecourt (corner William and Latrobe Sts, CBD).

The leader will organise car-pooling and provide directions to the location of the walk.  There is free all-day parking nearby if your vehicle isn’t needed for transport.

If you are not a member of YHA Bushwalking, the cost is $7 plus any share of car-pooling as described on the Joining a Walk page.

Walk Description

Starting from the township of Blackwood in the heart of Wombat State Forest, this walk follows a track along Lerderderg River to  The Tunnel. This is a long tunnel cut through solid rock by miners in the 1850s to divert the river from a bend and allow easier access to the gold-bearing riverbed. “The Tunnel” was excavated to divert the river flow under a spur to allow alluvial mining of the river bed.   At the Tunnel we cross the river, returning along the other bank via Byers Back track. 

What to bring

• Day pack
• Sufficient water (2 litres, more on hot summer days)
• Lunch and snacks
• Hat, sun screen
• Suitable outdoor clothing (no jeans/sneakers!)
• Rainwear & warm jacket
• Proper walking shoes/boots

Refer to our Gear Checklist page for more details.   If you are not properly equipped, the walk leader can decide not to let you participate on this walk.

If you have further questions about this walk, please contact the leader using the Enquiry link by the Thursday evening immediately before the event.

Activity Date(s)


April 28, 2019 8:45 am


April 28, 2019 5:00 pm







Bruce M

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