Mr Hunts Chimney - Bushwalking Victoria

Mr Hunts Chimney Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park

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  • Walk Length: 12 km
  • Walk duration: 3.5 hrs
  • Walk Grade: Medium
  • Walk Style: Circuit
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Walk Summary

Walk Category:Day

Getting There: Car

Nearest Town: Daylesford

Walk Area: Central Victoria

Distance from Melbourne GPO: 131 km

Mobile Phone Coverage: Yes but coverage varies by provider

Walk Details Collated: May 2015

Walk Details Provided by: Federation 2015; Bayside Bushwalking Club & Great Dividing Trail Association

Walk Description

Important Note

This walk involves some off-track walking and should therefore only be attempted by parties experienced in the use of map and compass and equipped with a topographic map covering the walk. The provided walk map is unsuitable for navigation purposes.

Walk Details

The walk starts at the intersection of Wewak Track and Porcupine Ridge Road. Walk south-east on Wewak Track for 670m then turn left and leave Wewak Track at GR 524782 to go off-track. Follow Sebastopol Creek south-west (upstream) for 1.3km until meeting Porcupine Ridge Road at GR 518772. Turn left to follow this road for 1.2 km to join the GDT (GR 521761). Follow the GDT, travelling north-east, for 1.2 km to intersect Loop Track at GR 527768 and continue a further 1.9 km to Browns Gully at GR 538777.

Remain on the Great Dividing Trail (GDT) for 1km travelling north-west then west until meeting a vehicle track on the left at GR 532782. Follow this track for 350m south-west to GR 530779 and then off-track south to Mr Hunts Chimney and mine shafts at GR 531778. Leave Mr Hunts Chimney and travel west for 250m to meet the Loop Track at GR 528778. Turn right (north) onto Loop Track and after 300m intersect with Wewak Track at GR 527781.

Turn right onto Wewak Track and travel east for 550m to re-join the GDT at GR 531783. Turn left (north) and follow the GDT for 1.2km, climbing 300m and crossing Sebastopol Creek, to GR 528793. Head off-track and travel west on a saddle and over three knolls for 570m until reaching Porcupine Ridge Road (GR 522792). Turn left (south) on Porcupine Ridge Road and walk about 700m back to the start of the walk.

Walk Map

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Getting There

From Melbourne head west via the M1, M80 and the Western Freeway/Highway (M8) and take the C141 exit, turning north to Daylesford. From Daylesford drive via Howe and Raglan Streets onto the Midland Highway (A300) for 1 km and turn right onto Daylesford-Malmsbury Road for 900m then turn left onto Porcupine Ridge Road. Follow this road northwards for 16 km to Wewak Track on the right-hand side and park. This is the start of the walk.

Note that the last 5 km of this road is unsealed.

Further Information

Total uphill: 310 m
Gradient: short steep hills <20%
Path: formed tracks, rough and rocky surfaces and off-track

Maps:

Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park

Daylesford and Hepburn Springs – tourism and accommodation

Mobile Phone Coverage: Telstra, Optus, Vodaphone

 

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