Tourism and Recreation

Set amid picturesque rolling hills only 55km west of Melbourne, Bacchus Marsh combines country living with easy access to the city. An attractive mix of open spaces, friendly towns, orchards, deep gorges and forests, Bacchus Marsh is a great tourist destination.


Environmental and Natural Assets

The Moorabool Shire contains a number of environmental and natural assets both of National, State and local significance. This includes the Long Forest Nature Conservation Reserve, Brisbane Ranges National Park, Lerderderg State Park, Werribee Gorge State Park, and the Wombat State Forest all of which are key assets within the Shire and attract an estimated visitation of approximately 550,000 people per year across all sites.

Landscapes are significant to different people for different reasons. The reasons vary from bring admired for their scenic beauty, to the historic value, recreation, mental health, the environmental qualities, and/or the value to the regional economy and other less tangible values associated with the place, such as memories or associations.


Bushwalkers / Hikers

Bushwalkers visit the Lerderderg State Park extensively to escape from the hustle and bustle of the suburbs, the noise and congestion of the city and built-up urban environment. They come to this park for mental health benefits and to unwind and find peace in nature. They do not come here to be confronted with 85m steel monstrosities.

Overhead transmission lines through this corridor will cause extensive, unnecessary, irreversible, and entirely unacceptable damage to the Park amenity. The reasons for visiting this region will be impacted significantly by forcing recreation seeking tourists to simply turn away.

Lerderderg Gorge

Grave Concerns

The community has grave concerns of the impact on amenity the transmission lines will have on these natural landscapes and the negative impact that will have on recreation, tourism, and the State and Regionally significant landscapes and views that were identified in the South West Landscape Assessment Study.
(Planisphere, 2012)

The South West Landscape Assessment Study Describes the Lerderderg as…

  • This landscape is iconic as a wild and rugged place within the context of the broader regional landscape, in close proximity to Melbourne.
  • The distinctive rock formations and contrast in vegetation patterns of the gorge is iconic and scarce within the local context.
  • The composition of views and landscape elements within the Park are iconic in the context of the immediate location. Panoramic views of the broader landscape from Mount Blackwood are exceptional.

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Welcome to the home of Darley Power Fight. A group of residents in Darley, Coimadai and Merrimu, united against high voltage transmission towers passing through our backyard. We came together through the realisation the transmission line will divide a narrow corridor between Darley and the Lerderderg State Park; altering landscape character, causing widespread damage to critical habitat for threatened species, increasing fire risk to the Park and thousands of residents, destroy our visual amenity, harm local agriculture and will impact businesses and property values. It will completely desecrate, in a few years, what nature has taken millions of years to create.

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