Length: 7.3 Km (options)
Terrain: Moderately hilly.
Direction of travel: Anti Clockwise
Telstra: Elevated areas good. Gullies inconsistent.
The Blowhole was created in the 1850s when goldminers used dynamite to create a tunnel through a quartz reef in order to divert Sailor's Creek. This enabled them to scour the old creek bed for alluvial gold. It looks quite impressive when the creek is flowing strongly, (though this may also effect the availability of the walk. in very wet periods).
This is the starting point of the walk. The terrain is generally hilly and the forest mainly open , with gnarly old Box Eucalypts that are home to a wide range of birdlife. The views include deep rocky gorges with glimpses of Daylesfords Wombat Hill Botanical Gardens to the south east .
The walk swings to the North, where views of Mt Franklin and the elevated northerly aspect of the Great Dividing Range reminds us that with only a few exceptions, it's mainly flat from here to Perth. A pink marker post assists the GPS navigation to signal a turn into a meandering 1.2 km water race . This was one of the main water races used by the miners to access water, essential for sluicing the gold from the soil.
A lovely and secluded picnic spot beneath a good sized Cherry Ballart or native cherry tree ( Exocarpos cupressiformis ) has shady tree top views to the North.
The return to the Blowhole is via a rocky gorge, completing a walk with fine views, birdlife and a sense of history.
This walk links to the Hepburn Springs - Blow Hole walk