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Overview

Location: Mt Buninyong to Bendigo
Distance: 210km
Surface: Cross country
Grade: Ungraded
Open: No seasonal closures
Fees: Free, camping fees may apply
Wheelchair accessible: No
More information: goldfieldstrack.com.au

The Goldfields Track takes you through sensational lands once so rich in gold deposits they made Melbourne the wealthiest city in the world. 

Beginning from the heights of Mt Buninyong just south of Ballarat, the Goldfields Track takes bushwalkers and mountain bikers north through the historic towns of Ballarat, Creswick, Daylesford and Castlemaine, before finishing in Bendigo. The trail has wonderful sections of singletrack that cuts through a diverse landscape of bush, granite boulders and scenic farmland.

Choose a section or ride it all

The Track is broken into three shorter sections: the Wallaby Track (90km) from Mt Buninyong to Daylesford; the Dry Diggings Track (61km) from Daylesford to Castlemaine; and the Leanganook Track (58km) from Castlemaine to Bendigo. 

A number of areas offer bike detours that avoid sections currently impassable by bike. It can be completed in either direction, though mountain bikers prefer to start from Mt Buninyong – avoiding a big climb at the end of the ride – and head north. The trail has on-site camping, and a wealth of accommodation and dining experiences are found in quaint historic towns along its path.

Suggested shorter options

Daylesford to Castlemaine, 61km one way
For bushwalkers and mountain bikers alike, the most interesting section of the trail is the Dry Diggings Track from Daylesford to Castlemaine. The Dry Diggings Track can be done as either a two- or three-day bushwalk or one long day of cycling.

Harcourt-Sutton Grange Road to Castlemaine, 20km one way
A shorter, enjoyable and history-packed walk for bushwalkers is the walk from the Harcourt-Sutton Grange Road south to Castlemaine over Mount Alexander on the Leanganook Track.

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Experience

The Goldfields Track

Cycling

The Goldfields Track - Wallaby Track

Pack bikes for the family on this part of the Goldfields Track, or go it alone for some awesome mountain biking along historic goldrush trails.

Cycling

The Goldfields Track - Dry Diggings Track

Mountain bike over climbs, descents and crossings, plus the renowned Poverty Gully water race, or walk and enjoy the scenery and gold mining relics.

Cycling

The Goldfields Track - Leanganook Track

Get ready for a number of steep ascents with plenty of satisfaction waiting at the completion, plus some exhilarating mountain biking opportunities.

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Accommodation

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Hotels

Grange Bellinzona

Unwind in the lush natural surrounds of Grange Bellinzona located in the heart of Hepburn Springs and dine al fresco in the Heritage Restaurant.

From $280 - $430

Resorts

RACV Goldfields Resort

Located in the heart of the Victorian Goldfields, Macedon Ranges and Spa Country, 80 minutes from Melbourne CBD, the RACV Goldfields Resort is a...


From $139 - $420

Cottages

Rossmore Cottage

Rossmore Cottage is situated in Creswick and only a short drive to Ballarat, Clunes and Daylesford. Restored for charm, romance, comfort and...

From $150 - $200

Holiday houses

Elsinore Ballarat

Elsinore is a privately owned two storey bluestone historical property sitting in the heart of Ballarat and a very short walk to Lake Wendouree....

From $150 - $390

Cottages

The Miner's Loft

The perfect location for exploring Ballarat. Real miners didn't have this luxury; rustic timbers provide a real warmth to the Miner's Loft, with...

From $185 - $420

Cottages

Briars Cottage - Daylesford

Briars Cottage - Daylesford is a gorgeous two bedroom cottage, perfect for a romantic weekend, or a mid-week escape situated between the Daylesford...

From $230 - $340
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Destinations

The Goldfields Track

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