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.
Your 3 day walking holiday includes:
SUGGESTED PRE NIGHT ACCOMMODATION:The Langham Melbourne
DEPARTURE TIME: 7.30am
TRAIL NOTES: 13km. 6 hours with breaks. Easy/Medium grade.
TERRAIN: A combination of formal path, roads, compacted gravel and narrow walking trails which can be rocky underfoot. Some stairs. The trail is undulating. There is a creek crossing that uses large, flat blocks.
WALK ITINERARY: Meet your guide at 7.30am at The Langham 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.
TRAIL NOTES: 16.9kms. 6 hours. Grade: Easy- Medium.
TERRAIN: Mostly gentle undulations with some short, steep sections; compact surfaces shifting between uneven/rocky to gravel back-roads/4WD tracks.
WALK ITINERARY: 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 a local restaurant in Daylesford featuring local wines.
TRAIL NOTES: 12kms 5 hours walking with breaks. Grade: Easy to Medium.
TERRAIN: Varying from flat to mostly gentle undulations on compact surfaces shifting between narrow walking tracks to gravel back-roads/4WD tracks.
WALK ITINERARY: 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.
FINISH TIME: 5.30pm at The Langham Melbourne
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