Distance: 14 Km | Duration: 4.5 Hrs | Grade: Grade 3 | Rating: | Style: Circuit | Map
About the Walk
The walk follows Wombat Creek and Sailors Creek from Lake Daylesford to Bryces Flat walking on the west side of Sailors Creek and returning to Lake Daylesford on the east side. The undulating track narrows in places to single file and passes gold diggings, old huts and deep mine shafts through pleasant bushland with occasional sclerophyll forest. Mineral springs may be sampled en route.
The Walk in Detail
Start the walk at Lake Daylesford car park walking on the trakc 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 trackto 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 500m, at an unmarked track junction keep left and do not go down the spur and corss the creek. Follow the track along the hillside to Tipperary Springs on the right (GR 449638). This is a good spot for morning tea. The spa water here is reputed to be best in Daylesford. Returning to the west of the creek continue north on the track 3.3km to Bryces Flat (GR 448659). 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 wal 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 thetrakc 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 the Hepburn Primary School turn right onto Main Road and continue in an easterly direction util it turns right (south) and becomes C138. Continue for about 4km to Daylesford. Go straight ahead through the second roundabout and turn right into Bleakley Street. Cross the causeway and turn right immediately into the Lake Daylesford car park (Grid Reference (GR) 464627).
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.
There are toilets and picnic tables at Tipperary Springs and toilet at Lake Daylesford car park.