• Length: 9.2km

  • Duration: 3hrs

  • Grade: 2

  • Style: Circuit

  • Start: Central Springs

  • End: Central Springs

  • Location: Hepburn Regional Park

  • Closest Town: Daylesford

  • Distance from CBD: 115km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -37.350019

  • Longitude: 144.135464

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Central to Tipperary Springs is a 9.2km, grade 2 circuit hike, located in Hepburn Regional Park, Victoria. The hike should take approximately 3hrs to complete.

Hike Summary

Lake Daylesford is a man-made lake that covers the site of the Wombat Flat diggings where gold was first officially reported in 1851. The narrow undulating track basically follows the contours of the steep Sailors Creek valley through foothill forest. The Central to Tipperary Springs hike continues back to Central Springs followed by a circuit of the Lake and back to the start of the hike.

The Central to Tipperary Springs hike commences at Central Springs, near the car park. Head in a north westerly direction along the Tipperary Walking Track. This track follows alongside Wombat Creek and after walking about 500m along a wide sealed path you arrive at Sutton Spring. Continue past the spring on the track, which becomes a single file unsealed bush track, for nearly a kilometre until it meets the Midland Highway. Cross the highway with care and proceed to the Twin Bridges picnic area and the junction of Wombat Creek with Sailors Creek.

Cross over the footbridge and continue along left hand (west) side of the creek in a northerly direction. After 500m, at an unmarked track junction keep left and do not go down the spur and cross the creek. Follow the track along the hillside to the Tipperary Springs picnic area. This is a good place for break in the hike.

Cross over the footbridge and hike a short way up the sealed road and turn right onto the track that is indicated by a sign. Follow this track, on the left hand side of the creek, for a further 2.3km back to the Twin Bridges picnic area. Cross back over the highway and return along the track to Central Springs. Continue on past the springs until the track arrives at Lake Daylesford. Turn left and complete a clockwise circuit of the lake returning to the start of the walk via the weir, at the south end of the lake, and the car park near the Boathouse Cafe.

About the region

Hepburn Regional Park nestles around the famous mineral springs townships of Daylesford, Hepburn and Hepburn Springs. Rich with natural springs and relics from the gold mining era, the park abounds with opportunities for bushwalking, mountain bike and horse riding, picnicking and nature study. Mount Franklin is a small volcanic crater with basic camping set amid exotic trees.

Getting there

From Melbourne head west via the M1, M80 and the Western Freeway/Highway (M8) and take the C141 exit, turning north to Daylesford. From Daylesford drive west on Central Springs Road and follow this road for about 1 kilometre to Fulcher Street. Turn left and continue down to the car park near Central Springs.


Tracks are slippery when wet and boots are recommended. Take care crossing the Midland Highway at Twin Bridges as there is no bridge, tunnel or defined pedestrian crossing. The track from Sutton Spring to Tipperary Springs is single file and rough.

GPX File

Total distance: 9230 m
Max elevation: 566 m
Min elevation: 492 m
Total climbing: 241 m
Total descent: -240 m
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10 thoughts on “Central to Tipperary Springs (9.2km)

  1. This is such a lovely walk. This walk can also be extended by following the track to reach Golden Spring in Hepburn Springs. You could complement your hike by booking a weekend at @springcreekcottage , located right on the walking track ( Great Diving Range & Goldfields track) Spring Creek Cottage is also within walking distance to the Hepburn Bath House so you can rejuvenate those weary muscles. Follow on Facebook & Instagram and book through Airbnb!

  2. Hi All

    Nice walk, but if you’re in walking mode, don’t go around the lake at lunchtime on a Saturday. Just don’t.

    Head our further on the Tipperary track, or go south to Sailors Gully.

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