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.