The Goldfields Track – Wallaby Track
Mt Buninyong, Ballarat – Daylesford
Duration: 5.5 days (six separate day walks)
Start: Mt Buninyong
Finish: Lake Daylesford
Permits/bookings: None required
Best time: Spring or autumn.
The Wallaby Track is part of the Goldfields Track, a superb 210 kilometre walking and cycling trail that connects the towns of Ballarat and Bendigo via scenic villages such as Castlemaine, Hepburn, Daylesford and Creswick.
The Wallaby Track is made up of six one-day (or shorter) walks that meander through the Wombat Forest and across the Great Dividing Range, taking in stands of white-trunked manna gums, fertile open farmland and pleasant lakes. You'll also pass relics from the gold rush era, including old tramways, railway culverts and water races that once carried water from upstream dams to feed the sluicing systems.
Wallaby by bike
Enjoy a leisurely family cycle through Mount Buninyong, following the Yarrowee River through the heart of Ballarat. Stop to watch prospectors or try your own luck panning for gold.
Raise the adrenaline, ditch the family and mountain bike through the Creswick state forest Ballarat where 4WD roads are met with occasional bursts of single-track. Navigate over the same shaley, rooty and natural terrain that gold miners did way back in the 19th century.
Take time out in scenic villages such as Creswick and Daylesford. Explore an antique shop, indulge in a massage, enjoy a delicious meal and stay overnight in comfort.
The Goldfields Track is part of the Great Dividing Trail, 300 kilometres of trails that provide a pathway to the hidden treasures of Central Victoria. The other legs of the Goldfields Track are the Dry Diggings Track between Daylesford and Castlemaine and the Leanganook Track linking Castlemaine and Bendigo.
For more information and maps visit goldfieldstrack.com.au