Goldfields - Goldfields Track


Goldfields Track

Originally formed by gold miners in the 1850's, the Goldfields Track is a point to point 210km track from Ballarat to Bendigo, that takes mountain bikers and bush walkers through some of central Victoria's most historic towns and beautiful forests.

The Goldfields track provides a European style travelling walking experience.

Regional cities and picturesque towns are always nearby, with accommodation, cafés, restaurants, wineries, day spa’s and galleries.

From Mt Buninyong’s panoramic views to the relaxing bushland of the Wombat State Forest, you travel over old gold mining country, rolling pastoral country and beautiful forests before arriving at Creswick or Daylesford.

Walking from Daylesford, you take in the forests and farmland of the Central Highlands before entering the old gold mining country of the Castlemaine Diggings Heritage National Park, then into Castlemaine.

Goldfields Track Walking Tours

The Goldfields Track consists of 3 tracks:

  • Wallaby Track, (Buninyong - Daylesford)
  • Dry Diggings Track (Daylesford - Castlemaine)
  • Leanganook Track (Castlemaine - Bendigo)

We will walk on sections of the Wallaby and Dry Diggings tracks of the Goldfields Track.

Wallaby Track walks available are:

  1. Mt Buninyong walk,
  2. Creswick Miners walk,
  3. Anderson's Tramway walk, and
  4. Wombat Forest walk.

Starting on the Wallaby track at Mt Buninyong you get splendid views of the surrounding countryside, as you walk near the town of Creswick you traverse through forests and over old goldfields before entering Daylesford.

From Daylesford you walk through Hepburn Regional Park and Wombat State Forest on the top of the Great Dividing Range, the track meanders beside creeks, mineral springs, tall eucalyptus forests, through an old railway cutting and passes by rich red-soiled potato paddocks.

Total walking distance for the day is no longer than 15 km.

Dry Diggings Track walks available are:

  1. Tipperary walk,
  2. Mt Franklin View walk,
  3. Gold Mountain walk, and
  4. Cry Joe walk.

Starting on the outskirts of Daylesford, The Tipperary walk contours on steep slopes through pleasant bush following watercourses on the outskirts of the twin gold rush and mineral spa towns or Daylesford and Hepburn Springs. The Mt Franklin View walk largely follows rough 4WD tracks through scrubby box forest, and the Cry Joe walk offers a fascinating insight into the gold rush era, traversing narrow high-walled gullies pockmarked with mine shafts and riddled with stone ruins.

Total walking distance for the day is no longer than 15 km.

Our Point of Difference to the other walking tours:

  1. You will walk with an experienced Eco guide, who will interpret the Wildlife/Birds, Native plants/ Wildflowers in season, Geology and Ecology, Aboriginal and European history and culture of the area being walked.
  2. We are a Ecotourism Certified tour operator (Genuine Green Sustainable Tourism) This Goldfields Track Walking tour is Ecotourism Certified by Ecotourism Australia.
  3. All Meals are in cafes or restaurants in nearby towns, where you can enjoy the local food and drinks.
  4. Minimum 4 Star accommodation, so you get a good night’s rest.
  5. All your luggage is taken care of, no need to worry.
  6. Walks to suit all levels of fitness.

Prices and Departures

Golden Nugget Discovery tours offer Half Day, 1, 2 & 3 day walking tours along this marvellous track.

Half Day Walking Tour

Adult $118 per person
Child $65 per child (6-15 yrs)

Departs 8am


1 Day Walking Tour

Adult $217 per person
Child $127 per child (6-15 yrs)

Departs 8am

2 & 3 Day Walking tour packages

Each package includes a tour guide, all meals and all accommodation

2 Day Walking Tour Package

Adult Twin Share per person $685
Adult Single $1082
Child: $391 (6 - 15 years)

Departs 8am

3 Day Walking Tour Package

Adult Twin Share per person $1078
Adult Single $1859
Child $645 (6 - 15 years)
Departs 8am

Pickup/Drop off - Ballarat / Creswick / Daylesford accommodation
Melbourne customers Pickup – Ballarat or Ballan Railway Station / Drop off – Ballarat or Ballan or Castlemaine Railway Station depending on walking tour.
Please refer to our Terms and Conditions prior to booking

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