For a challenging Goldfields Track walk with some stunning vistas the walk from Faraday to Sutton Grange over Mount Alexander comes highly recommended. Starting on Mcquillans Road, Faraday, just passed the Granite Quarry cross over a farmer's style and then climb a steep granite hill to the top of Mount Alexander, enjoying views like the one pictured at Ed's Seat along the way. The walk passes through Dogs Rock and then the scenery changes dramatically, with lush ferns and cool canopies before opening up again into flat granite rocks perfect for picnics. Here we enjoyed baguettes from Johnny Baker drive through bakery in Castlemaine. The whole walk took 14ks and ends at Faraday-Sutton Grange Road, Sutton Grange.
This week we swapped Tuesday Touring for Wednesday Wandering and caught the steam train from Maldon to Castlemaine and walked back along the recently redeveloped rail trail. The train was a real highlight of our adventure, with gorgeous scenery passing by and courteous staff indulging our curiosity and answering all manner of questions. We were also impressed by the fact that we were able to bring on five greyhounds by arrangement. Dogs are welcome most days however bringing them is not recommended during busy periods such as school holidays. It is also usually possible to bring bikes but is again subject to space. The train left Maldon at 10.30am and after stopping briefly at Muckleford station, arrived at Castlemaine at 11.45am. There was the option to return or take a later train back to Maldon leaving at 3.45pm but we chose to walk home. Walk starts from Langslow Street, Castlemaine and finished back at the Maldon train station. For a full timetable and further details about the train visit the Victorian Goldfields Railway.
tying off some more of our #goldfieldstrack adventures we completed a 13k return trip from Creswick to Slaty Creek picnic ground. An easy forest walk that includes the spectacle of "Blue Waters" an eerie blue lagoon caused by mining activity during the goldrush era. Another highlight was eating our baguettes the french bakery in Creswick.
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.