• Length: 14km

  • Duration: 4hrs

  • Grade: 2-3

  • Style: Circuit

  • Start: Chewton Recreation Reserve

  • End: Chewton Recreation Reserve

  • Location: Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park

  • Closest Town: Chewton

  • Distance from CBD: 118km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -37.05578422

  • Longitude: 144.2650219

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Castlemaine Diggings is a 14km, grade 2-3 circuit hike, located in Castlemaine Diggings, Victoria. The hike should take approximately 4hrs to complete.

Hike Summary

This hike is along some of the many wonderful walking tracks in the Castlemaine Diggings and includes part of the the Goldfields Trail. Walk from Chewton to the Welsh Village in the Castlemaine Diggings Heritage Park. The trail takes in the Manchester Mine, the remains of the Garfield Water Wheel, the Welsh Village and return via Forest Creek.

About the region

The Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park is near the town of Castlemaine, Victoria, Australia. The park protects a nationally significant historic cultural landscape of heritage value and relics of the Victorian gold rush. The Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park was added to the Victorian Heritage Register in December 2003. It is the largest non-indigenous protected cultural landscape in Australia. In January 2005 the park was added to the Australian National Heritage List recognizing its outstanding heritage value and importance in the course of Australia’s migration history.


Easy walk along relatively flat terrain. Keep to the track as there are many mine shafts in this park.

GPX File

Total distance: 14032 m
Max elevation: 427 m
Min elevation: 315 m
Total climbing: 322 m
Total descent: -322 m
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11 thoughts on “Castlemaine Diggings (14km)

  1. Great trail but you need GPS and a copy of the map as there are trails everywhere for different walks and it gets a bit confusing.

  2. I did a slight variation on this trail today, I added a detour from north east of the reservoir up into the pine plantation. The plantation gets very steep and it’s a bit desolate where the lots have been felled, but it’s got some nice views.
    The Diggings park itself has heaps of trails, don’t worry too much about taking the exact ones, as long as you have a compass you can’t really get lost, and you’re never far from a road.
    The reservoir is really worth the visit. It’s also possible to swim – at your own risk of course. No toilets or taps anywhere, so take plenty of water.

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