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Goldfields Track Three Day Pack-Free Walk - Life's An Adventure

The wonderful Goldfields Track, in Victoria is a 210 kilometre walking trail linking the great goldfield towns of Ballarat and Bendigo. Originally known as the Great Dividing Trail, it follows pretty creeks, gullies and ridges of the Great Divide from the wet temperate forests at Daylesford to the dry northern plains.

On this three day
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walking holiday you will explore the highlights of this trail crossing rivers lined with ferns and discovering deep gullies covered with mine shafts as well as stone ruins and the relics of the gold rush 150 years ago. Along the way encounter an array of nectar feeding honeyeaters as well as colourful parrots. Add to this your afternoons and evenings in the spa country towns of Daylesford and Hepburn Spa, local produce and wines and you have the perfect walking experience.

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Cost:
Adult
$1,399.00 - $1,799.00

Prices correct at time of publication - for the latest pricing and departure information, visit the Life's An Adventure website.

Child
$1,299.00 - $1,699.00
Inclusions:

2 nights at Peppers Mineral Spa Hotel 1 x dinner in the Chefs Hatted Angus Dining Room 1 x dinner in the sensational Sault restaurant Local wines matched with your evening meals 2 x hot and cold breakfasts 2 x lunches Professional Local Guides Transfers to and from Melbourne CBD

Days of operation:
  • Life's an Adventure run a departure every month from October to May every year.

Tour highlights:
  • Daylesford to Hepburn Springs
    Entering the elegant heritage of Daylesfords Main Street gives a taste of what is to come on this fabulous journey through the heart of the Victorian Goldfields. During today’s walk you will meander past Lake Daylesford before stumbling upon the first of many mineral springs dotted along the Goldfields Track. The tour will wander along the quiet beauty of Sailors Creek for most of the day, utilising old water races. At the end of this day's walk we will adjourn to the impressive Peppers Mineral Springs Hotel at Hepburn. Tonight enjoy a superb dinner in the award-winning Angus Restaurant featuring local boutique wines.
  • Chocolate Mill - Porcupine Ridge - Vaughan Springs
    The tour will depart the hotel for a walk through well-worked gold country, looking out from Jackson’s Lookout and taking in the canyon-like landscape of Beehive Gully. The harsh conditions for pioneering miners seeking their fortune becomes apparent. But then suddenly you will emerge to find the modern brilliance of The Chocolate Mill founded in a straw bale complex that allows time to sample fine Belgian chocolate and their very special hot chocolate drinks. The journey breaks here to head into the forest further along pock-marked stream sides where diggings and shafts collide and the intensity of effort are demonstrated. You will get a well deserved break at the heritage picnic ground of Vaughan Springs where the old weir across the Loddon River invites a swim. Tonight enjoy a superb dinner in the award-winning Angus Restaurant featuring local boutique wines.
  • Fryerstown to Chewton
    On the final day the tour commences from the once vibrant gold settlement of Fryerstown. Many fine old buildings remain in the gold rush town that once populated 15,000 residents. Soon you will pass the tailings and workings of the massive Spring Gully Mines, which continued to operate through to the 1930s. As you walk through the gullies and landscapes it will feel like you are are wandering through an open air museum of old mining relics in an abandoned landscape fading back into bush. It is not long now before you saunter into Chewton before the short drive to Castlemaine to complete the walk of the highlights of gold country in Victoria.

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131 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000
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