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Gold Mining Heritage

  • 4.0/5 rating (2 votes)
  • Day
  • Medium
  • 14 km
  • 4.5 hrs

Lake Daylesford to Bryces Flat Circuit

Hepburn Regional Park

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.

  • 3.7/5 rating (18 votes)
  • Short
  • Easy
  • 8.7 km
  • 3 hours

Lerderderg River Heritage Walk

Wombat State Forest

A pretty walk, mainly on old water races beside the upper reaches of the Lerderderg River to the site of the old Crown Dam. The return is along a slightly different route on the same side of the river. There are some great views of the river and nearby hills. There is time to admire the beautiful forest and lovely stonework on the races.

  • 4.3/5 rating (4 votes)
  • Day
  • Medium
  • 16 km
  • 4.5 hrs

Mineral Springs & Gold Mining Relics

Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park

Visit the Tubal Cain mining complex with its horizontal chimney, dam, building ruins and several open shafts. Sample mineral water at the Vaughan Mineral Springs where alluvial gold was discovered in July 1851, and where a township called The Junction was formed, together with a market garden. 

  • 4.0/5 rating 1 vote
  • Day
  • Medium
  • 13 km
  • 4.5 hrs

Mollongghip to Barkstead

Wombat State Forest

This walk in the Wombat Forest features many gold rush artefacts. The remnants of the Andersons timber tramway and the sawdust of the Andersons sawmill can be seen in the firewood cutters' hamlet of Barkstead. The walk also takes in a gold mining dam and remnants of the Barkstead stamping battery.

  • 2.4/5 rating (8 votes)
  • Day
  • Medium
  • 14 km
  • 5 hrs

Mormon Town Track

Baw Baw National Park

A circuit walk on the Britannia Spur and the Mormon Tracks near Walhalla.

  • 0.0/5 rating (0 votes)
  • Day
  • Medium
  • 12 km
  • 3.5 hrs

Mr Hunts Chimney

Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park

A circuit walk in the southern area of the Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park. Part of the walk follows Sebastopol Creek before joining the Great Dividing Trail, which follows a water race in some places and passes through open woodlands of coppiced box-ironbark eucalypt. See old diggings and interesting ruins of the goldmining era, including fine remnants of stonework built by miners for shoring up the banks of Browns Gully. An off-track side trip is taken to visit Mr Hunts Chimney and two examples of deep unfenced mine shafts.

  • 4.0/5 rating 1 vote
  • Day
  • Experienced
  • 14.5 km
  • 5.0 hrs

Mt Hope

Wombat State Forest

The walk covers an area rich in wildflowers (springtime), as well as forest timber. Old gold prospecting activity is in evidence in the area. The walk is significantly off-track over some steep hills and 4WD tracks. The final part of the walk along the early stages of the Werribee River is very picturesque.

  • 2.2/5 rating (10 votes)
  • Day
  • Medium
  • 16 km
  • 5 hrs

Rawson - Horseshoe Bend Tunnel - Walhalla

Walhalla Historic Area

A circuit walk from Rawson to Walhalla including a train ride.

  • 3.0/5 rating (2 votes)
  • Day
  • Experienced
  • 14.1 km
  • 6.0 hrs

Tarilta Creek, Six Chimneys and a Ruin

Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park

This walk includes a creek gorge and relics of the gold mining days. It is through dry open forest with some rocky sections and numerous dry creek crossings. Approximately 40% of the route is off-track in open forest with the remainder on the Great Dividing Trail and vehicle tracks.

  • 3.7/5 rating (10 votes)
  • Day
  • Medium
  • 13 km or 18 km
  • 5 or 7 hrs

Walhalla Poverty Point Circuit

Walhalla Historic Area

A circuit walk starting in Walhalla, following the Thomson River, with optional train ride from Thomson station to Walhalla station.

  • 3.1/5 rating (22 votes)
  • Day
  • Medium
  • 17 km
  • 5 hrs

Walhalla to Britannia Creek

Walhalla Historic Area

This walk offers spectacular views of township of Walhalla nestled in its small valley below and a gentle stroll across the Walhalla Cricket Ground.

  • 3.3/5 rating (4 votes)
  • Day
  • Medium
  • 15 km
  • 5 hrs

Walhalla to Maiden Town Circuit

Walhalla Historic Area

This circuit walk starting in Walhalla and passing through the old settlement of Maiden Town..

  • 2.8/5 rating (4 votes)
  • Day
  • Medium
  • 15 km
  • 4.5 hours

Waterloo State Forest

The walk takes you through the state forest at Waterloo, and begins and finishes at the Waterloo cemetery.  On the walk you go through the heritage listed alluvial gold site of Baxter Gully.

  • 0.0/5 rating (0 votes)
  • Day
  • Easy
  • 13 km
  • 3.5 hrs

White Point Diggings

Wombat State Forest

This is a circuit walk to discover some history of this area when transport was needed to move timber and potatoes and carry people to the mineral springs area at Hepburn Springs. The walk follows the boundary of the peacefull Yoga Ashram before joining a section of the Great Dividing Trail (GDT) to visit the White Point Diggings site.

  • 3.2/5 rating (5 votes)
  • Day
  • Medium
  • 19 km
  • 5.5 hrs

Wombat Gully

This is a circuit walk, starting at Lake Daylesford, walking past Jubilee Lake, which dates from 1860 and was the former water supply to the township, to Wombat Creek Dam, which is the current water supply. The return path follows the route of the old Creswick-Daylesford Railway, which that operated between 1867 and 1953.  Some old mine workings are also passed on the return path.

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