lerderderg state park, bacchus marsh

Mamma says for family fun and adventure in nature, you can't beat this amazing spot.  Spend an hour here, or the whole day - or even camp overnight in some spots - you can tailor your fun and do as much or as little as your family can manage.  The Mackenzies Flat picnic area is a lovely spot to have a bbq or picnic lunch and has a beautiful grassy area with lovely draping Peppercorn trees covering a few picnic tables. This overlooks the Lerderderg River with plenty of spots to have a splash, skip stones along the water, or go on the hunt for frogs, lizards or yabbies. For further adventures take the bush track to Grahams Dam - a 30 minute walk along the river with beautiful scenery, a stone bridge crossing, and that fresh bushland air -  and ending up at the dam - a great spot for the swimmers to have a dip, or just dangle your toes.  Head back after you've rested the legs and had a chug of water.  Mamma says this walk is best for 5 and up - and the young ones may need a shoulder ride or piggy back part of the way back. There is so much to see though that they don't actually realise how much they have actually walked!  Mamma says you can't beat the feeling of spending time outdoors adventuring with the family!

Mamma's special mention: Head straight into Bacchus Marsh for fruit picking at Paynes Orchards, The Strawberry Forest or Natureripe Fruits

the nitty gritty

Start at Mackenzies Flat picnic area in Bacchus Marsh - car parking - toilets - water holes/river - no dogs allowed - walk in bush camping only in certain areas - no phone service in some areas - FREE!!

**this is bushland, as usual please be aware of native flora and fauna and take care

**Make sure to always keep an eye on the children around water

** Please also take your rubbish home with you**

Mackenzies Flat Picnic area Lerderderg Gorge Road Darley