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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

Clunes Creek Walk – 2 km’s | 30 minute loop

The walking tracks meanders alongside Creswick Creek, through the pleasant environs of Victoria Park, and up to the lookout which affords panoramic views of the town. Follow the signs along Creswick Creek, past Esmond Park and along the shady banks of the waterway.

This leisurely stroll is perfect for children and families. Along the route find a playground, secluded picnic spots and discover the history of the area.

Peace Mile Walk – Lake Daylesford – 2.8 km’s | 40 minute loop

Take in the sights of Lake Daylesford by taking the ‘Peace Mile’ walk around the perimeter of the lake.

This is a gentle loop walk along a well maintained path and boardwalk, with beautiful views across the lake. You will finish your walk with a feeling of peace and serenity.

Feeling like something longer? Follow the trail down to Central Springs Reserve and continue along the Goldfields Track which leads to Hepburn Springs or Sailors Falls.

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