Sculpted by the Lerderderg River, the Lerderderg Gorge offers a remarkable location to walk through and discover. Starting at Mackenzies Flat, this looped hiking track follows the river as it snakes through the surrounding shrubby dry forest and rocky outcrops, habitat for koalas, kangaroos and wallabies. There are multiple river crossings, two involving a hop sequence across a line of steppingstones, so be prepared to get the feet wet. There is generally quite a large variation in river flow between seasons. In summer, when the river is shallow, there are still options to lay in the water amongst the rocks on the riverbed. In winter and spring when the river has substantial flow, the waterholes afford the best swimming spots. As the trail ascends around the edge of the escarpment, there are a few steep rocky sections to tackle, with extensive views through the gorge and across the state park as the reward. After a substantial day’s walk, returning to Mackenzies Flat provides the chance for another swim (or shin deep splash depending on the season) and a moment to relax on the surrounding rocks and grass. This area is set with barbecues and tables for a picnic lunch. Dogs on leash allowed.