Walks | Rides

Andersons Mill

In a postcard setting on the banks of Birch's Creek at Smeaton, Andersons Mill stands as a reminder of an industry that flourished after the gold rush of the 1850s. Standing much like it was over 100 years ago; the five-storey bluestone building and its magnificent iron water wheel are still in place. The grounds of Andersons Mill can be enjoyed at all times for picnics and enjoying the grounds.

Anderson's Mill is open to the public on the first Sunday of each month during Autumn and Spring and during special events such as the annual Anderson's Mill Festival in April & the Heritage Festival in May.
The grounds around the Mill may be enjoyed at other times but please observe private property signs. The toilet facilities are available only when the mill is open.

READ MORE...

For up-to-date park information including any changed conditions, visit the Parks Victoria webpage or call 13 19 63.

  • 6 Alice St, Smeaton
  • 13 1963
  • First Sunday of each month during Autumn & Spring.

Creswick Heritage Walk – 8.5 km | 3 hour loop

The Creswick Heritage Walk links a number of the best natural and cultural heritage features of Creswick, many of which until now you could only separately access and then by car, such as the heritage-listed La Gerche walking trail.

Starting at the centre of the town from the Visitor Centre, the new Creswick Heritage Walk offers the opportunity for an attractive 8.5km, 2-3hr circuit walk. See the attached map. It features the heritage-listed La Gerche trail managed by Parks Victoria with its 135yo stands of conifers and extensive oak gully, as well as historic buildings and an arboretum within the University of Melbourne Creswick campus, topped off with magnificent views from a hilltop within HVP’s Creswick pine plantation.

READ MORE...

The Creswick Heritage Walk also offers a greatly improved exit route northbound from Creswick for the Wallaby Trak section of the Goldfields Track.

Please note the Creswick Heritage trail is clsoed on days of Total Fire Ban.

For up-to-date park information including any changed conditions, visit the Parks Victoria webpage or call 13 19 63.

Photo credit: Gib Wettenhall

  • Walk is closed on days of code red fire danger

Goldfields Track – Ballarat-Creswick-Daylesford-Castlemaine-Bendigo – 210km one way

At 210km long, the Goldfields Track is the longest shared use track in Victoria. From its southern end at Mt Buniyong, it links the 1850s gold rush era towns of Ballarat, Creswick, Daylesford and Castlemaine to Bendigo.

Whether you ride or walk, the Goldfields Track offers challenge and exhilaration as it crosses the Dividing Range and descends through forest to the northern plains. Unlike any other trail, the Goldfields Track embraces the boomtown heritage in towns strung out en route and follows the traces that the hundreds of thousands of ‘diggers’ left behind in forests and gullies, beside creeks and rivers, and on plains and mountaintops.

READ MORE...

Cultural heritage is at the forefront of the Goldfields Track. With the diggers long gone, you contour high on water races through narrow, high-walled gullies pockmarked with mine shafts and riddled with stone ruins. You follow abandoned railway lines and timber tramway systems on embankments and through cuttings. You walk or ride beside the heritage-protected Coliban water channel, with its artificial bluestone-sculpted waterfalls and views across golden paddocks.

And when your legs are weary, there are plenty of pit stops and diversions at towns en route from the gracious elegance of Buninyong, Ballarat and Creswick to the mineral spas and bars of Daylesford and the arts and culture of Castlemaine and Bendigo.

Four interlinked tracks make up the Goldfields Track. The Eureka Track (43km), Wallaby Track (52km), Dry Diggings Track (58km) & Leanganook Track (61km)

From an entry station or vehicle access point, it is just a matter of following the gold-painted posts with their distinctive Goldfields Track (GT) logo. In towns, you will see blue signs on street posts with the GT logo. Each of the four tracks that make up the Goldfields Track is accessible by train. All major towns have good car access.

Maps and a recently updated guidebook (December 2017) can be purchased from Hepburn Shire visitor Information Centres. Each of the four tracks can be broken into one day rides or shorter walks as highlighted in the Goldfields Track Walk or Ride Guide. Information on a walks program is available from the Great Dividing Trail Association (www.gdt.org.au) and accommodation and mountain bike information are available from the Goldfields Track Inc. (www.goldfieldstrack.com.au)

Photos courtesy of Gib Wettenhall

  • Sunrise to sunset.

Lake Daylesford

Take a walk around picturesque Lake Daylesford and take in the sights and sounds of nature. A short stroll from the town centre, Lake Daylesford offers something to keep everyone happy.

Children love bird spotting and the playground is always a hit. Why not hire a paddle boat for an hour or two or spend the day and utilise the BBQ facilities.

READ MORE...

You will find a cafe and restaurant right on the shores of the lake and many more activities. Don’t forget to taste the famous mineral water at Wombat Flat Mineral Spring and Central Springs Reserve.

Lake Daylesford is a manmade lake, originally a site of gold diggings, then later a Chinese market garden. The construction of the lake began in 1927 and was and still is used for many recreational activities.

Secret Forest Walks

Experience the beauty and seclusion of walking in the Wombat Forest, assisted by GPS technology.
No clubs or tours, just you and the company of your choice, or solo if you wish.
Your hand held GPS unit will show you the way.

Choose from a selection of carefully mapped bushwalks on the tracks and trails of the Wombat Forest, according to your tastes and abilities. Be immersed in lush fern gullies or tall forest, or take in high country mountain views or dramatic river gorges. Short, medium and long, easy or challenging walks are available.
During the pre walk consultation we’ll select the right walk and show you how to use the GPS unit, and you’re away! Inquire about our back pack of walkers essentials, or you can BYO.

READ MORE...

As well as the forest walks, The Lake Daylesford GPS Treasure Hunt is a new, fun and interactive game for families, friendship groups and, well, anyone who likes the trill of the hunt, teamwork and reward. Based on the International GeoCaching, it’s like a high tech Treasure Hunt set in beautiful surrounds.

Recipients of Trip Advisors Certificate of Excellence for the last three years, Secret Forest Walks is your first choice for unique outdoor activities.

Mob: 0418 301 281
Email: info@secretforestwalks.com
Web: www.secretforestwalks.com
Available Friday, Saturday, Sunday or by chance.

View your venues on the map