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 these 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.
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 landscaped 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 Argus Dining Room. The 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.
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 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.
Our tours are designed to be personal and intimate with a maximum group size of 10 people.
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 with 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 Argus Restaurant featuring local boutique wines.
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 become 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 is 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 Argus Restaurant featuring local boutique wines.
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 wandering through an open-air museum of old mining relics in an abandoned landscape fading back into the 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 at the end of a wonderful journey.
We run a departure every month from October to May every year
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$ 1499 /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|
Group Normal Price…. $1749
Singles not wanting to share and requesting their own room. Add $299.
Subject to availability at time of booking.
PAST PASSENGER DISCOUNT: In order to receive the $100 Past Passenger Discount, you must state on your booking each tour you have been on with Life’s An Adventure and what year, so we can cross check these details for each client. Please note our Reservation staff will apply this discount manually, so select “Deposit Only” at the booking checkout stage (even if choosing a Super Earlybird price) and will send you a payment link for the remaining payment once the discount is applied.
EARLYBIRD CANCELLATIONS: 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. 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.
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 NIB Insurance for you to purchase travel insurance directly with them – please click here for details.