Goldfields Track: Dry Diggings Track -Daylesford-Castlemaine

CYCLE VICTORIA, MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDE, GOLDFIELDS TRACK: DRY DIGGINGS TRACK - DALYESFORD TO CASTELMAINE

The Goldfields Track is a point-to-point 210km Track that takes mountain bikers and bushwalkers through some of central Victoria's most historic towns and beautiful forests.

The Dry Diggings Track is a 60 km track from Dalyesford to Castlemaine and is the second installment of the Goldfields Track. It can be ridden as the second leg of the Goldfields Track or as a stand alone ride.

Daylesford to Castlemaine, is arguably one of the best stretches of single track in the country. From wet temperate forests on top of the Great Dividing Range to the drier northern plains near Castlemaine. From the wet temperate forests on top of the Divide to the dry northern plains, it’s a roller coaster journey for most of the way and not recommended for the inexperienced walker or novice rider. At its outset, the walking track contours on steep slopes above Sailors Creek, hidden away in forest from the mineral spa towns of Daylesford and Hepburn Springs. The bike route goes through town before rejoining the shared use track at Golden Springs. Soon after, your arrival at the spectacular erosion columns of Beehive Gully acts as a fitting introduction to the typical narrow, high-walled gullies pockmarked with mine shafts and riddled with stone ruins, encountered throughout this track. What you are traversing in places like Browns, Sebastopol and Sailors gullies is an open air museum consisting of a century and a half of old mining artefacts – a ghostly, abandoned landscape fading back into bush.

A suggested itinerary for this portion of the trail is outlined below.

  • Daylesford to Chocolate Mill (8km).  
  • Followig a long, relaxing descent from Daylesford to Hepburn Springs, comes some steep climbing through the northern end of the Hepburn Regional Park.  From there you can wind through Daylesford through to well groomed singletrack of the Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park.
  • Chocolate Mill to Vaughan Springs (21km)
  • This is more technical singletracknand arguably the best along the entire length of the Goldfields Track. Lots of great historic sights, sweeping views and ending up at the Vaughan Springs picnic area.
  • Vaughan Springs to Castlemaine (19km)
  • Ride through heavily forrested areas through to Fryerstown. From there you wil find some excellent singletrack around the Spring Gully mine site and fthen to the Poverty Gully water race - an amazing feat of Goldfields engineering.

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    52.408 km / 32.565 mi

    Total Distance

    894 m / 2,933 ft

    Total Ascent

    1,180 m / 3,872 ft

    Total Descent

    564 m / 1,849 ft

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    Ride type:
    Sightseeing
    Mountain biking
    Road riding
    Commuter
    Kid friendly
    Rail Trail
    Gravel
    Various
    Difficulty: Intermediate (Red)
    Ride Duration: Full day
    Fitness Level: High
    Terrain:
    Shared Bike Path - Paved
    Shared Bike Path - Dirt
    On-Road Bike Lane
    On-Road
    Off-Road - Fire Trail
    Off-Road - Rail Trail
    Off-Road - Single Track
    Off-Road - Downhill
    Mobile Coverage: Poor
    Estimated Distance: 60.0
    Services:
    Water
    Food
    First Aid
    Toilets
    Bike hire
    Carparking
    Bike servicing
    Accessible by bike
    Accessible by car
    Accessible by public transport
    Accessible by shuttle / uber
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