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.
52.408 km / 32.565 mi
894 m / 2,933 ft
1,180 m / 3,872 ft
564 m / 1,849 ft