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Landsborough Hill Nature Conservation Reserve

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Landsborough Ridge Track, Landsborough VIC 3384

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Features

The Landsborough Hill Nature Conservation Reserve is a beautiful place for free camping, bushwalking and gold prospecting, with amazing views over the nearby Kara Kara National Park! The reserve is filled with the ruins and remnants of its busy mining history, and bushwalkers will come across the remains of multiple mining companies, old diggings, and stone chimney ruins. 

Free camping is permitted in this reserve, and there are plenty of small clearings throughout the area to set up camp. There are no visitor facilities so campers must be self-sufficient.

If you've got a four wheel drive you'll be able to head up the steep and rocky Landsborough Ridge Track, which travels across the top of the hill from one side to the other. You could also walk up, but be aware that it is about 2km of very steep track to get to the top from Landsborough Road.

Many of the tracks throughout the Landsborough Hill Nature Conservation Reserve are fairly rough and only accessible with a four wheel drive. Two wheel drive vehicles will have no troubles (in dry conditions) over on the eastern side of the reserve (Glenisters Track and Frenchman Track). 

There are plenty of bush roads which make excellent walking tracks throughout the reserve. There are lots of deep open mine shafts in the area, so be careful if walking off the track. 

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DID YOU KNOW...

  • Bushwalking is an excellent way to get outdoors and exploring nature.
  • Evidence of the mid-late 1800's gold rush can be found throughout the Victorian goldfields in the form of abandoned mine shafts and tunnels, mullock heaps, buildings and ruins, circular puddling troughs, remains of cyanide vats, and quartz kilns.
  • Camping is a great way to explore the Victorian Goldfields. Many campgrounds are located close to interesting attractions and historic sites, and the Goldfields region is certainly not lacking in fascinating things to discover. 
  • There are many great places throughout the Goldfields that offer gorgeous, panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.
  • Gold prospecting is the recreational act of searching for natural gold deposits in the ground using tools such as gold detectors, gold pans and gold sluices. The Goldfields region of Victoria is a popular destination for gold prospectors, with many of the world's largest alluvial gold nuggets found in the area!
 

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