The Werribee River begins when a number of small creeks join, in the Wombat State Forest, on the southern slopes of the Great Dividing Range just to the north and east of Korweinguboora.


The creeks commence from slopes around Leonards (739m above sea level), Beavers (716m) and Edwards (708m) hills, between Kurweinguboora and Bullarto South. Some of the creeks near Kurweinguboora can be seen on undulating farm land, while most others begin inside Wombat State Forest.

The climate of the area is classified as cool-temperate to Mediterranean zone with cold and wet winters (May-Aug) and warm and dry summers (Dec-Feb). Mean annual rainfall in the region in the last 20 years was between 600-700 mm.

Some damp forest occurs in the higher rainfall areas where annual rainfall is between 950-1200mm per annum.

The forest has been logged over many years but is still home to some great scenery, walks and wildlife.

Wombat Forestcare Inc.says:

The Wombat Forest contains a diverse range of native plants and animals, including a number that are listed as rare or threatened, such as Powerful Owl and the Wombat Bush Pea. As well as these natural values, the Wombat is a significant water catchment area, giving rise to six rivers.

Creeks forming on Slopes north of the Leonards Hills to Ballarto South Road, flow north to the Loddon River, while those to the west of Kurweinguboora flow to the Moorabool River catchment. So the Wombat Forest is really great headwater country.

The river then flows southward, leaving the forest behind, passing through farmland on its way towards Ballan.


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