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3 Day GoldFields Track walk

Goldfields Track walk

A guided pack free 3 day walk

The wonderful Goldfields Track, in Victoria is a 210km walking trail linking the great goldfield towns of Ballarat and Bendigo. Originally known as the Great Dividing Trail, it follows pretty creeks, gullies and ridges of the Great Divide from the wet temperate forests at Daylesford to the dry northern plains. On this 3 day walking holiday we will explore the highlights of this trail crossing rivers lined with ferns and discovering deep gullies covered with mine shafts as well as stone ruins and the relics of the gold rush 150 years ago. Along the way encounter an array of nectar feeding honeyeaters as well as colourful parrots. Add to this our afternoons and evenings in the spa country towns of Daylesford and Hepburn Spa, local produce and wines and you have the perfect walking experience.

Explore the Goldfields Track

A Pack Free Walking Tour
Pack Free walk is our speciality. All across our Australia our walking tours are specially designed so you can walk with as little as your water bottle, camera and lunch, whilst we take care of your clothes and overnight luggage. Gone is the burden of struggling with a heavy pack so you can truly appreciate the beauty of the landscapes you are walking through.

2 nights luxury at the Peppers Mineral Springs Hotel
Our guests will indulge in two nights at the elegant 5 star Peppers Mineral Springs Hotel in the town of Hepburn Springs, this grand 1930’s retreat blends heritage architecture with stylish and contemporary interiors.

Our Wow Factor: Soak in the Hotel’s Award-winning Mineral Spa Pools
You can’t visit Victoria’s famous Spa Country without indulging in a natural mineral spa and luckily for our guests you won’t need to travel to experience this, Australia’s most praised and award-winning mineral Spa is in the grounds of our hotel. Our guests will enjoy a 60 minutes session soaking in one of the three open air hot mineral plunge pools, whilst overlooking the stunning landscape gardens of the property. A superb way to end the day.

Local Produce at Award winning Restaurants
Both nights we dine in the stylish and award-winning Chefs Hatted Angus Dining Room. Cuisine is based on innovative modern Australian dishes, highlighting fresh seasonal flavours and regional produce. The ingredients used are grown in the Argus Kitchen Garden and a nearby farm ‘Vale Hill’. Whilst the wines are sourced from local boutique wineries.

Genuinely all-inclusive
You can have peace of mind that our walking tours are genuinely all-inclusive. Evening meals which are accompanied by boutique wines, your visit to the mineral spa and 5 star accommodation is all included in your tour price. Everything down to the smallest detail has been taken care of, we won’t even ask you to pay additional credit card fees when you book.

Our Guides
Our guides are proudly 100% Victorian. We call them our CEOs – Chief Experience Officers and it’s their job to ensure your tour exceeds your expectations. Our guides have grown up walking the trails of Victoria. Their wealth of knowledge and expertise ensure your tour is relaxing, fun and informative.

Personalised Tours
Our tours are designed to be personal and intimate with a maximum group size of 10 people.

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Why Choose Us

3 Day Goldfields Track walk Inclusions

Your 3 day walking holiday includes:

  • A Pack Free fully supported walk  – with no overnight packs to carry
  • 2 nights at the Peppers Mineral Spa Hotel with a touch of luxury
  • 3 delicious lunches to enjoy whilst walking
  • Superb a la carte dining at the award-winning Angus Restaurant
  • Boutique local wines served with all dinners
  • Twilight bathing at mineral spa pools at Peppers Mineral Springs Hotel
  • 2 x Hot and Cold breakfasts
  • Fresh fruit and trail mix to enjoy while walking
  • Professionally guided by local guides – Our guides are locals who are passionate, well trained and enthusiastic with the ability to bring to life a depth of information
  • Transfers to and from Melbourne CBD
  • NO Credit Card Fees

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Tour Itinerary

Day One: Daylesford to Hepburn Springs
3 Day GoldFields Track walk

Meet your guide at 7.30am at The Grand Chancellor Hotel Melbourne for transfers to Daylesford. Entering the elegant heritage of Daylesfords Main Street gives a taste of what is to come on this fabulous journey through the heart of the Victorian Goldfields. During today’s walk we meander past Lake Daylesford before stumbling upon the first of many mineral springs dotted along the Goldfields Track. We wander along the quiet beauty of Sailors Creek for most of the day, utilizing old water races. At the end of today’s walk we will adjourn to the impressive Peppers Mineral Springs Hotel at Hepburn. Tonight enjoy a superb dinner in the award-winning Angus Restaurant featuring local boutique wines.

Day two: Hepburn Springs to Chocolate Mill. Then Porcupine Ridge to Vaughan Springs
3 Day GoldFields Track walk

After a hearty breakfast, we depart our hotel for a walk through well-worked gold country, looking out from Jackson’s Lookout and taking in the canyon-like landscape of Beehive Gully. The harsh conditions for pioneering miners seeking their fortune becomes apparent. But then suddenly we emerge to find the modern brilliance of The Chocolate Mill founded in a straw bale complex that allows us time to sample fine Belgian chocolate and their very special hot chocolate drinks. We break the journey here to head into the forest further along pock-marked stream sides where diggings and shafts collide and the intensity of effort are demonstrated. Finally we gain a well-deserved break at the heritage picnic ground of Vaughan Springs where the old weir across the Loddon River invites a swim. Tonight enjoy a superb dinner in the award-winning Angus Restaurant featuring local boutique wines.

Day three: Fryerstown to Chewton
3 Day GoldFields Track walk

Enjoy breakfast in the restaurant before farewelling our hotel. On our final day we commence from the once vibrant gold settlement of Fryerstown. Many fine old buildings remain in the gold rush town that once populated 15,000 residents. Soon we pass the tailings and workings of the massive Spring Gully Mines which continued to operate through to the 1930s. As you walk through the gullies and landscapes it will feel like you are are wandering through an open air museum of old mining relics in an abandoned landscape fading back into bush. It’s not long now before we saunter into Chewton before the short drive to Castlemaine to complete our walk of the highlights of gold country in Victoria. Afterwards we transfer head back to Melbourne the end of a wonderful journey.

Tour Accommodation

3 Day GoldFields Track walk
3 Day GoldFields Track walk
3 Day GoldFields Track walk
3 Day GoldFields Track walk

2 Nights of luxury

Peppers Mineral Springs Hotel

Our accommodation for two nights is at the luxurious Peppers Mineral Springs Hotel. Located in Hepburn Springs, outside Daylesford this grand residence is surrounded by manicured formal gardens and features award-winning Mineral Spa plunge pools. Guest will relax in elegant hotel rooms decorated in rich, warm tones and indulge in twilight bathing in the mineral pools.

 

3 Day GoldFields Track walk
3 Day GoldFields Track walk
3 Day GoldFields Track walk

Superb Restaurant Dinners

Matched with regional wines

Our guests will enjoy two wonderful restaurant dinners whilst on your. We dine at the superb Angus Dining Room at Pepper’s Resort. Relax and enjoy the ambience of this stylish resturant an d indulge in modern Australian cuisine with an emphasis on regional produce with an italian inspired theme.

 

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Tour Availability

We run a departure every month from October to May every year.

Spot Special Dates – book & pay in full on any of these departuresL
* 16 November
* 1 February 2019
* 22 March 2019
* 5 April 2019
* 2 May 2019

To check real time availability on all our Victorian walking tours please see information below. Please feel free to contact us if you are after a special group departure date or we will also consider opening up a new departure date if we have enough demand. walks@lifesanadventure.com.au

Private Groups:
Walks for private groups are available for 8 or more people on a date of your choice (subject to availability). We advise groups booking early 6-12 months in advance, so we can secure accommodation for your preferred date. For private groups we also offer discounted rates and FREE walking shirts – click here for details. Please contact us for more details on (02) 9975 4553 or email: walks@lifesanadventure.com.au

 

 

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Tour Prices

Spot Specials Save $150 per person. Hurry limited places available.

Spot Special Savings of $150 per person are available on specific departures when you book and pay in full at time of booking. See availability tab for specific dates. See special cancellation policy below.

PRIVATE GROUPS
Private groups of 8 or more can save an additional $50 per person (on above savings) when they book a departure. Choose a date of your choice - subject to availability. Book and pay in full at time of booking to receive these special offers.


Spot Special Price
$ 1549 /p

Pack free walk - no overnight bags to carry
2 nights at Peppers Mineral Spa Hotel with a touch of luxury
1 x dinner in the award-winning Chefs Hatted Angus Dining Room
1 x dinner in the sensational Sault restaurant
Local wines matched with your evening meals
2 x hot and cold breakfasts
2 x lunches to enjoy whilst walking
Trail mix & fresh fruit
Professional Local Guides with a wealth of knowledge of the area
Transfers to and from Melbourne CBD
National Parks Fees
NO Credit card fees apply

Spot Special  $1549
Save $150 per person

Available on specific dates only when you book and pay in full at time of booking.

Normal Price   $1699
Deposit of $250 per person.
Final payment due 8 weeks prior to departure.

Private Group Spot Special Price   $1499
Save $200 per person
Available for special groups of 8-12 people. Departure of your choice.
Book & Pay in full at time of booking.

Private Group Normal Price  $1649
Deposit of $250 per person.
Final payment due 8 weeks prior
to departure.

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Single Supplements

Singles not wanting to share and requesting their own room. Add $299.
Subject to availability at time of booking.

Exclusive Private Group Departures

Exclusive departure dates can be organised for groups of 8 or more subject to availability. For private groups we also offer discounted rates and FREE walking shirts – click here for details

Travel Insurance

We advise taking our Travel Insurance to cover items such as cancellation of tour due to minimum numbers not met, or adverse weather conditions, injury, evacuation, delayed flights, illness, etc. We have organised through QBE Insurance for you to purchase travel insurance directly with them – please click here for details.

Booking Conditions

  • Prices are per person in Australian dollars and include GST.
  • A $250 deposit is required at time of booking to secure your place with final payments due 8 weeks prior to departure. (unless purchasing red hot specials or earlybird specials – in which case full payment is due to time of booking). Note: If you are booking within 8 weeks of your departure date – we will require full payment at time of booking
  • Prices are based on twin share of rooms. If you are travelling solo you may be required to share with someone of the same gender. If this is not suitable you can request to pay a single supplement however this is on a request basis.
  • Payments must be made on-line via our NAB (National Australia Bank) secure payment page via credit card (Visa or Mastercard) or over the phone.
  • NO Credit Card Fees Apply.
  • Early bird or Spot Special discounts cannot be used in conjunction with another offer. To receive these special discounts, full payment must be made at time of initial booking.
  • EARLYBIRD CANCELLATION POLICY: Cancellations are not permitted for Earlybird Deals or Spot Specials, however transfers to another date are permitted 8 weeks or more prior to departure. We advise taking out travel insurance, in case unexpected circumstances prior to the trip, prevent you from joining this tour.
  • We advise taking our Travel Insurance to cover items such as cancellation of tour due to injury, minimum numbers not met, or adverse weather conditions, evacuation, delayed flights, illness, etc.
  • Where a tour is altered due to unsuitable weather conditions, our guides will provide the best alternative itinerary possible, no refunds are provided for cancelled activities on tour.

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  • Address: HEAD OFFICE: 4/23 Narabang Way,
    Belrose NSW 2085. (Regional office: 6955 Arthur Hwy, Port Arthur Tasmania. All enquiries to be directed to Head Office).
  • Phone: (02) 9975 4553
    After Hours: 0457 002 482
  • Email: walks@lifesanadventure.com.au
  • Monday - Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Saturday - Sunday: Closed
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