As the gold mining industry changed in the 1880s and sluicing work began, a particular area started to reveal itself as somewhat colourful. The fittingly named ‘Pink Cliffs’ is an easy walk from the centre of town and now a geological reserve. The fine, pink clay has an almost talcum powder like texture, and the colours of the hills change with the time of day.
Fancy a steep trip down to a spectacular waterfall and billabong? Turpins Falls may not be well signposted but it is has long been a favourite waterhole for locals. It is also a place where dare devils have cliff dived with fatal results so this practise is now banned. Well worth a visit during the rain and a perfect place to swim in summer but bring shoes.
Another day in paradise completing the Golden Mountain Walk as part of the Dry Diggings section of the Goldfields Track.
With the weather so cold and miserable we decided to devote our last #tuesdaytouring to a visit to the Hepburn Bathhouse which was an excellent idea and made us feel warm all over. Loved trying a Turkish Hamman style steam room for the first time and the 38 degree bath looking over the mineral springs. Wish Kyneton had a bathhouse but it's not too far to travel and a beautiful drive!
Looking forward to our next outing being a Llama trek! It is now possible to do a moderate 12km walk in the Macedon Ranges with Llamas to carry your pack. For more details on day walks, farm visits and lama clinic see Hanging Rock Llama
Continuing our exploration of the Goldfields Track we walked from Vaughan Springs to Chewton along the Dry Diggings section of the walk a distance of approximately 18ks. Incredible scenery along a hilly goat track from Vaughan Springs through pastoral countryside between Irish Town and Fryerstown, Recommend stopping for lunch at Spring Gully, site of a former battery mine as the stone walled ruins look spectacular in the bush setting. Take plenty of water!
Close to home in Kyneton, the Campaspe River Walk is one of our favourites. Follow the route from the Kyneton Botanical Gardens on Mollison Street opposite the train station, down the hill to the river and head towards the Oak Forest, former town swimming pool and a Victorian Hospital perched on the hill...
Flop House were lucky enough to visit Natasha Morgan at her Oak + Monkey Puzzle farm yesterday. Over tea and cake we discussed Natasha's tree change adventures, embracing the Daylesford community and her vision for the farm and upcoming workshops and events. For more details on workshops and events see her calendar
Winner of best cellar door in 2016, Passing Clouds is open for tastings and lunch over the Anzac Day weekend. Bookings highly recommended (03) 5348 5550.
The Goldfields track (formerly the Great Dividing Range) offers a huge range of day walks between Daylesford and Ballarat. We have enjoyed several in the Castlemaine area and continue to find new parts to explore in this area. For more details on walks available and what you may need to prepare go to http://www.goldfieldstrack.com.au/Pages/Explore.aspx
One of our favourite day trips is to take a 20 minute drive to Trentham and start at the old railway station and walk the 6km to Radio Springs Hotel in Lyonville, passing through farmland and the beautiful Wombat forest on the way. Enjoy lunch (and perhaps a few adventures) at Radio Springs Hotel and then return home ready for a hearty meal.