Distance: 14 Km | Duration: 4.5 Hrs | Grade: TBA | Rating: | Style: Circuit | Map
Best Season: All Year
About the Walk
The walk follows Wombat Creek and Sailors Creek from Lake Daylesford to Bryces Flat, and return to Lake Daylesford. The undulating track narrows in places to single file and passes gold diggings, old huts and deep mine shafts through pleasant bushland with occasional schlerophyll forest. Mineral springs may be sampled en route.
The Walk in Detail
Start the walk at Lake Daylesford car park, walking on the track on the south side of the lake with the lake on the right. Pass rows of concrete seats on the left and descend by the dam wall following the track to Central Springs.
With Wombat Creek on the left follow the track via Sutton Spring to the Midland Highway. Carefully cross the highway to Twin Bridges picnic area and the junction of Wombat Creek with Sailors Creek. Cross the bridge to the west side of Sailors Creek and follow the track north. After 500 m, at an unmarked track junction keep left and do not go down the spur and cross the creek. Follow the track along the hillside to Tipperary Springs on the right. This is a good spot for a short break. The spa water here is reputed to be the best in Daylesford.
Returning to the west of the creek, continue north on the track 3.3 km to Bryces Flat. This is a good spot for lunch. There is an abundance of evidence of gold diggings along here. After lunch cross the creek to the east bank and turn south (right) on the track to return to Tipperary Springs on the opposite side of the creek. From Tipperary Springs walk a short way up the sealed road and turn right onto the track which is indicated by a sign. Remaining on the east side of the creek, continue on the track to Twin Bridges.
Retrace the same track after crossing the Midland Highway to return to Lake Daylesford and the start of the walk.
Getting ThereFrom Melbourne head west via the M1, M80 and the Western Freeway/Highway (M8) and take the C141 exit turning north to Daylesford. On entering Daylesford turn left onto Bleakley Street, cross the lake causeway and turn right immediately into the Lake Daylesford car park.
Most of the track is single file and slippery if wet, requiring boots. Sections are on cliff edges. Care must be taken when crossing the Midland Highway at the Twin Bridges as there is no bridge, tunnel or defined pedestrian crossing.
Lake Daylesford car park