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Best bushwalks in the Victorian Goldfields

Posted 27/05/2019 in Things to do

Dog Rocks, Mt Alexander Regional Park, Harcourt North VIC


The beautiful, varied landscape of the Victorian Goldfields provides countless fantastic settings for bushwalkers to enjoy. Along with the epic 210 km Goldfields Track, you can take many scenic walks throughout the region which showcase our rich history and stunning natural treasures. Take a look through these twelve top bushwalks and start planning your next day out exploring in the Victorian Goldfields.

1. Dog Rocks, Harcourt North VIC

Dog Rocks, Mt Alexander Regional Park, Harcourt North VIC

Dog Rocks, a stunning granite outcrop within the Mount Alexander Regional Park, offers spectacular hillside views over Harcourt and the countryside beyond. Countless enormous boulders stand out strikingly from the western slopes of Mount Alexander, just a short walk from the parking area. Spend some time exploring the tracks around the outcrop and appreciate the beautiful views from many different vantage points. Find out more...

2. Iron Mine and Blast Furnace, Lal Lal VIC


A circuit track begins at the picnic area and takes you on a short scenic walk along the hillside to the impressive blast furnace. You can view the blast furnace from a wooden platform with a railing, and there are several interesting information signs about the Lal Lal Iron Company, the blast furnace itself, the former blacksmith's shop, and the men who lived and worked there. Alongside the picnic area you will also find the remains of the iron mine itself. Find out more...


3. Battery Dam to Bull Gully Aboriginal Rock Wells, Daisy Hill VIC

Walking track From the Battery Dam and Distillery to the Bull Gully Aboriginal Rock Wells, Daisy Hill VIC

A set of four Aboriginal rock water wells can be found at Bull Gully, just outside Maryborough. These wells are generally thought to be the best example of Aboriginal rock wells in Victoria. There is a great walking track through the Craigie State Forest which begins at the Battery Dam and Distillery Site and takes you up to the Bull Gully Aboriginal Rock Wells. You can spend some time exploring the fascinating ruins and relics of the Battery Dam and Distillery site before heading off to the rock wells. Find out more... 


4. Welcome Stranger Discovery Walk, Moliagul VIC


The Welcome Stranger Discovery Walk is an 850 metre circuit which travels around the discovery site of the world's largest alluvial gold nugget ever found, the famous Welcome Stranger. The walk takes you past many interesting examples of former alluvial and reef mining efforts, the house sites of John Deason and Richard Oates (the two lucky miners who unearthed the world's largest nugget in 1869), puddlers, a Chinese grave and the site of a Chinese camp. The walk begins from the Welcome Stranger Monument and Picnic Area within the Moliagul Historic Area. Find out more...


5. Melville Caves, Brenanah VIC

Melville Caves, Kooyoora State Park, Brenanah VIC

The spectacular Melville Caves lie within the Kooyoora State Park in Brenanah, Victoria. The caves are named after notorious bushranger Captain Melville who supposedly used the caves as a hiding place in the mid 19th century. You can take an easy, scenic walk to the caves from the top carpark or alternatively you can take the steeper track up the mountainside from the Picnic Area below. Find out more...


6. Rise and Shine Nature Conservation Reserve, Strangways VIC


The Rise and Shine Nature Conservation Reserve is a beautiful patch of bushland with an educational self guided tour, located between Newstead and Daylesford. A walking track follows the path of an ancient river, and 21 numbered information points allow you to refer to your park notes (available in a container at the beginning of the walk) and learn about each feature. Discover native plants and animals, fascinating geological features, and the impact both animals and humans have had on the land. Find out more...


7. Governor Rock Picnic Area to Lookout Tower, Percydale VIC


The Governor Rock Picnic Area is nestled in a little clearing in the bush beside the road, with a steep drop beside it offering interesting views. It is a peaceful spot with lots of birds singing in the surrounding bush. A walking track heads off from the picnic area to the lookout tower, a tall platform which offers spectacular views of the surrounding hills, bushland and farmland. Find out more...


8. Waanyarra Historic Township, Waanyarra VIC


This quiet bushland area was once a thriving gold mining town complete with two hotels, several stores, a school and a post office, which remained open until the 1920's. This area was surveyed in 1861 and officially named Waanyarra, after the aboriginal name meaning 'running water'. At first glance you can't see much among the trees, but if you take an attentive walk around the area you will soon discover that foundations, rubble, scattered fragments of rusted metal, and gold diggings are hidden amongst the native shrubs. Find out more...


9. Garfield Water Wheel, Chewton VIC

Garfield Water Wheel, Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park, Chewton VIC

Visit the Garfield Water Wheel historical site in Chewton and explore the ruins and remnants of the Garfield Company Mine. The massive stone supports which still remain at the site once supported an enormous water wheel with a diameter of 22 metres. Upon its construction the Garfield Water Wheel was hailed as the largest in the southern hemisphere! The water wheel was used between 1887 and 1903 to power the stamp battery for the mine. A self guided walk takes you around the area and shows many fascinating features including winding engine foundations, water races and cyanide tanks. Find out more...


10. Ferntree Falls, Raglan VIC

Ferntree Falls, Mount Buangor State Park, Raglan VIC

Ferntree Falls is a beautiful little waterfall nestled among the huge ferns and moss covered rocks within the spectacular Mount Buangor State Park. Experience the beauty of upper Middle Creek, a tributary which meanders through the park among the forest of tree ferns and water ferns. A short and easy 250 metre walk takes you to the falls where you can clamber over the rocks and among the gorgeous ferns right beneath the waterfall. By crossing a bridge over Middle Creek from beneath the falls, you can continue on the Waterfalls Nature Walk and access several other walks including the walk to nearby Cascade Falls. Find out more...


11. Blue Waters, Creswick VIC

Blue Waters, Creswick VIC

Blue Waters is a stunningly beautiful waterhole located within the Creswick Regional Park, right off the Melbourne Road and just minutes from the town centre. Once an open cut mine, Blue Waters is now a gorgeous scenic area fantastic for bushwalking, gold prospecting, four wheel driving and photography. Surrounded by striking red cliffs, the water is incredibly clear and shines an iridescent blue when the sun hits it. A dirt track travels around the waterhole and offers many spectacular viewing points and tracks down to the water along the way. Find out more...


12. Sailors Falls Waterfall and Mineral Spring, Sailors Falls VIC

Sailors Falls, Hepburn Regional Park, Sailors Falls VIC

Sailors Falls Mineral Spring is located just outside Daylesford, Victoria and features a stunning seasonal waterfall, mineral spring taps, walking tracks, two undercover picnic tables and excellent information signs/displays. Sailors Falls are spectacular with or without water flow due to the impressive rock face and beautiful ferns lining the creek. The falls are worth visiting all year round, but water is most reliably flowing in winter/spring. Find out more...


What's your favourite place for bushwalking in the Victorian Goldfields? Let us know in the comments below.


 

 

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