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Daylesford & Goldfields Track Walk - 4 Days

Enjoy a combination of walking and wellness in the stunning Daylesford-Goldfields region – 4-days, guided walk

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“I can’t rate this experience highly enough. Our two guides were very knowledgeable … our group got on very well particularly over evening dinner and drinks when we discussed the day’s fantastic walking. Our accommodation was a beautiful old home in Daylesford. We could not have asked for more from our guides who pulled out all stops to ensure we all had a great time!” – Mandy, March 2024

Immerse yourself in nature with Park Trek’s 4-day Daylesford & Goldfields Track walking tour, carefully designed to capture the region’s highlights. Starting and ending in Melbourne, our fully guided tour includes gorgeous purpose-built accommodation in or around the heart of Daylesford. With approximately 36km of relaxed walking on well-maintained trails around Daylesford, Hepburn Springs, and Castlemaine, our walk is designed to be enjoyed by most walkers with a reasonable level of fitness.

Our experienced and accredited guides lead daily walks on which you’ll only need to carry a light day pack, ensuring an enjoyable and immersive experience. Revel in nutritious, homestyle meals and unique local accommodation that contributes to the community. We provide all transport throughout, allowing you to enjoy the immense health and wellbeing benefits of this nature-based adventure. Indulge in activities like the Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa, Chocolate Mill morning tea, Red Beard Bakery visit, and sampling local cider. Join us for an outdoor experience, uncovering the Goldfields region’s best. We’d love to have you walk with us on this beautiful tour.

2550
4 days
36km
10
Melbourne
Melbourne
Grade 2-3
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  • Small group (10 or less), day-pack only walking tour with magnificent walks and sightseeing.
  • Daily guided walks curated to immerse you in the region’s unique landscape, history, flora and fauna, highlights including evening bathing at the iconic Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa.
  • Two Park Trek guides who are experienced, accredited and safety gear equipped. Our guides play a versatile role ensuring a seamless and enriching tour experience, they are our story tellers, our chefs, and our legends in the field!
  • Return transport ex-Melbourne, and all tour transfers in our comfortable 12-seater mini-coach with luggage trailer.
  • 3 nights comfortable twin-share accommodation (limited single supplements at additional cost), with ensuites if available and sustainably provided.
  • 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 3 two-course dinners, plus trail mix, nibbles, fresh fruit, snacks, tea and coffee, biscuits / cake and non-alcoholic drinks throughout.
  • We also include morning tea at the Trading Post at Hanging Rock, a range of local produce for you to sample, afternoon tea at the historic Red Beard Bakery, a visit to the Convent Gallery and The Mill for a Chocolate tasting and tastings of cider at Daylesford Cider House.
  • A relaxing experience at the Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa in their tranquil mineral springs is also included for you.
  • All National Park entry fees.
  • Carbon offset program per our sustainability principles.

DAY 1 – Hanging Rock and Eureka Reef to Castlemaine

Distance: 5kms
Grade: 2-3, easy to moderate

Once we depart from Melbourne, we head in a north-westerly direction and arrive in the idyllic village of Mt Macedon where we will pause for a morning tea break. Here you’ll have the chance to savor local baked treats and recharge.

We then proceed to Hanging Rock, where we’ll wind our way up the summit track, offering stunning panoramic vistas. You’ll also have the opportunity to explore the discovery center, immersing ourselves in the Hanging Rock Reserve, we have approximately 2 to 3 hours to take in all the reserve has to offer.

Continuing our journey from Hanging Rock, we continue northward to Chewton, commencing our exploration into the area’s rich gold mining legacy. Within this historic setting, we’ll traverse old water race tracks and encounter remnants and ruins from the bustling gold rush era.

These leisurely walks through the dry eucalypt landscape will serve as your introduction to the Goldfields track. As you stroll through what was once a bustling mining village, your experienced guides will pause along the way to showcase relics, share insights, and facilitate discoveries.

Before moving on to Daylesford, take a refreshing swim or unwind by the waterside. Upon arrival in Daylesford, you’ll settle into your accommodation. The evening presents a delectable two-course meal, thoughtfully prepared by your guides, allowing you to savor a well-deserved culinary experience.

DAY 2 – Hepburn to Chocolate Mill, Fryerstown to Spring Gully and Castlemaine

Distance: 10kms
Grade: 2, easy

After breakfast and the preparation of lunch we set off to Hepburn Springs Reserve, where an insightful 5km walk awaits us. Setting out along the trail from Hepburn Springs, we journey a segment of the historic Dry Diggings trail, leading us to the chocolate mill—a rendezvous point where our transport awaits.

While we reserve our chocolate indulgence for a later, distinct chocolatier experience, our next destination is Fryerstown. After a drive from the Chocolate Mill, we partake in a walk to Spring Gully. This journey commences with time to explore Fryerstown’s and its historical buildings, including the Burke and Wills Mechanic Institute dating back to 1863. Reconnecting with the Dry Diggings track, we traverse open farmland and the rustic beauty of the box ironbark forest, passing by remnants of gold mining history—gullies, sluices, and mines—before reuniting with our transportation in Spring Gully.

En route back to Castlemaine, we pause at Guildford for insights into the indigenous heritage of the region. Amidst this enlightening stop, we relish a packed lunch while marveling at an ancient River Red Gum that has gracefully stood for nearly 1000 years. This remarkable tree, honored as a tree of State significance on the National Trust Register, symbolises the profound connection between the community and its traditional custodians, the Dja Dja Wurrung Aboriginal people.

Later in the day, our path leads us northward to Castlemaine, where we dedicate time to exploring the vibrant artisan precinct, The Mill. Former Castlemaine Woolen Mills established in 1875, is a rambling complex of brick factories and chimneys now housing artisans, food and wine outlets, vintage treasures, and an exceptional Austrian coffee house. Here we have our anticipated opportunity to taste some local chocolate and coffee while exploring the precinct.

The evening culminates in the comfort of our accommodations, where we enjoy a two course meal prepared by your guides.

DAY 3 – Three Lost Children walk, Sawpit Gully to Porcupine Ridge, Mt Franklin and Hepburn Bath house

Distance: 12kms
Grade: 2-3, easy to moderate

After preparing breakfast and assembling our lunch, we return to another segment of the Goldfields Track, this time within the Wombat State Forest. Our day’s expedition begins with the Three Lost Children walk, guiding us through historical footprints and tales that continue to resonate to this day.

A short journey from here, we embark from along another stretch of the trail, meandering from Sawpit Gully to Porcupine Ridge. Each of these areas offers an immersive journey through the regional parks surrounding Daylesford, once bustling goldfields ripe for exploration.

After lunch, our course leads us to the dormant volcano of Mt Franklin. This picturesque mountain is shrouded in coniferous forest, adorned with ornamental Silver Birch, White Poplar, Sycamore, and Californian Redwoods. We traverse the 2km circuit trail encircling the volcano’s rim, culminating at a lookout providing panoramic views of the surrounding plains.

Later in the day, our destination is the renowned Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa, inviting us to unwind in the tranquil mineral springs pools. Since 1895, the Bathhouse has offered the timeless pleasure of communal bathing, boasting the Relaxation Pool and Spa Pool—both rejuvenating spaces harnessing the essence of mineral water to replenish and oxygenate, nurturing a profound sense of wellbeing.

Following a period of leisure, we gather for a final group dinner at a local restaurant—a moment to reflect upon our discoveries and engage in meaningful discussions.

DAY 4 – Lake Daylesford, Domino Rail Trail and Trentham Falls

Distance: 9kms
Grade: 2-3, easy to moderate

Following breakfast and lunch making, we gather our belongings and checkout of our accommodation. Our final day of walking commences from Daylesford as we head to the Convent Gallery.

Once known as the Holy Cross Convent and the home of a group of Presentation Sisters, the Convent Gallery has evolved since its establishment in 1991. This heritage complex now encompasses various galleries, bars, reception spaces, a museum, lush gardens, a gift shop, and a charming café, we have time this morning to meander at your own pace within this rich space.

From here, our journey carries us homeward, with a pause in the charming town of Lyonville where we begin our 6km walk at the Domino Rail trail. Traverse a Special Protection Zone, delving into the habitat of the endangered Powerful Owl as you trail the former Trentham railway line—a vital conduit in times past, serving as a lifeline for the transportation of provisions, livestock, and timber within the region.

Upon reaching the idyllic village of Trentham, our final destination is the revered Red Beard Bakery, offering a taste of living history. This bakery, with its original wood-fired oven, harks back to a bygone era. The stalwart Scotch oven, employed continuously from 1891 to 1987, boasts a weight of 75 tonnes and the capacity to produce 600 loaves in a single firing. Since 2005, it has been crafting sourdough breads. An observatory window grants patrons a glimpse into the bakery’s bustling operations. For afternoon tea we indulge in a treat from the bakery’s offerings before commencing your journey back to Melbourne, drawing the curtains on your enriching adventure.

*Walking times and distances may be adapted to the weather and groups needs based on guides discretion.

Each day we also provide fruit, snacks, tea and coffee and a nibbles platter.

Each evening after our days walking, we return back to our accommodation for some time to refresh and enjoy the spectacular scenery around our accommodation. Your guides will curate a beautiful nibbles platter for you, providing the perfect setting for a relaxing evening. During this time, they will also conduct a briefing, offering insights into the days experiences and outlining your upcoming adventures. Using a map of the area, your guides will illustrate the various regions and walks we are set to explore in the days ahead.

 

Spend three nights in a stately and distinguished home in Daylesford.

This eight bedroom, eight ensuite property is set on 3 acres of sprawling estate just outside the centre of town. With beautiful styling, this magnificent home was purpose built to give consideration to both privacy and group stays.
Featuring ducted heating, a double sided wood fireplace, ceiling fans, and air conditioning, accompanied by a graceful verandah that wraps around the entirety of the property.

Our Guides prepare your meals in the kitchen and group dining is around a large custom built table in the main dining room or in the outdoor barbecue and dining area. All linen is provided at this unique accommodation. *Please note there are no laundry facilities available.

Please chat to our friendly team about single supplement availability.

We return to our drop off location in Melbourne outside the National Gallery of Victoria between 4.30 and 5pm. If you are flying out after the tour, please do not book flights any earlier than 7pm.

Single Supplement: We have limited availability for Single Supplement on this tour. Please enquire about availability and additional cost for SS with our reservations team at time of booking. Please note; by booking a SS you will have your own room in our accommodation house with an ensuite and shared living areas.

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