GoldFields Track
  • Length: 210km

  • Duration: 14 Days

  • Grade: 4

  • Style: One Way

  • Start: Mount Buninyong

  • End: Bendigo

  • Location: Western Victoria

  • Closest Town: Buninyong or Bendigo

  • Distance from CBD: 121km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -37.65332943

  • Longitude: 143.9265361

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2WD Access
Bitumen Road
Winding Road
Large Car Park

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2WD Access

4WD Access

Public Transport

Bitumen Road

Gravel Road

Steep Road

Winding Road

Speed Bumps

Vehicle Ford

Entry Fee

Large Car Park

Small Car Park

Accessible Parking

Accessible Toilet

Public Toilets

Drinking Water

Untreated Water

Picnic Shelter

Picnic Table

BBQ Facilities

Campfire Pit

Camping Area

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Gravel Path
Rough Trail
Mountain Bike Trail
Goldfields & Mining
Heritage Walk
Steep Terrain
Scenic Viewpoints
Untreated Water
Overnight Campsites

Western Victoria...

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Concrete Path

Timber Boardwalk

Gravel Path

Sandy Trail

Rough Trail

Undefined Trail

Prams & Strollers

Manual Wheelchair

Motorised Wheelchair

Bicycle Trail

Mountain Bike Trail

Historic Rail Trail

Dog Friendly

Urban Walk

Coast & Beach

Historic Lighthouse

Waterfalls & Lakes

Rainforest Walk

Goldfields & Mining

Heritage Walk

Aboriginal Art

Alpine Region

Alpine Huts

Exposed Ledges

Rock Scrambling

Steep Terrain

Bush Bashing

River Crossings

Scenic Viewpoints

Well Marked

Drinking Water

Untreated Water

Fishing Spots

Swimming Spots

Overnight Campsites

Trail Running

Horse Riding


The Goldfields Track is a point-to-point 210km Track that takes mountain bikers and bushwalkers through some of central Victoria's most historic towns and beautiful forests.

Hike Summary

Experience one of the most fantastic hiking and cycling tracks in Victoria.

This is some of the most beautiful mountain biking and hiking in Victoria. A region steeped in history, you'll encounter forests, both natural and man-made, pastoral countryside and single track that in some places flow on grippy loam and in others jump and jag across roots, rock ledges and coarse sandstone. For an experience you will never forget, come and visit the Goldfields Track.

The Goldfields Track takes you through sensational lands once so rich in gold deposits they made Melbourne the wealthiest city in the world.

Beginning from the heights of Mount Buninyong just south of Ballarat, the Goldfields Track takes bushwalkers and mountain bikers north through the historic towns of Ballarat, Creswick, Daylesford and Castlemaine, before finishing in Bendigo. The trail has wonderful sections of singletrack that cuts through a diverse landscape of bush, granite boulders and scenic farmland.

Choose a section or hike/ride it all

The Track is broken into three shorter sections: the Wallaby Track (90km) from Mount Buninyong to Daylesford; the Dry Diggings Track (61km) from Daylesford to Castlemaine; and the Leanganook Track (58km) from Castlemaine to Bendigo.

A number of areas offer bike detours that avoid sections currently impassable by bike. It can be completed in either direction, though mountain bikers prefer to start from Mount Buninyong - avoiding a big climb at the end of the ride - and head north. The trail has on-site camping, and a wealth of accommodation and dining experiences are found in quaint historic towns along its path.

Suggested shorter options

Daylesford to Castlemaine, 61km one way
For bushwalkers and mountain bikers alike, the most interesting section of the trail is the Dry Diggings Track from Daylesford to Castlemaine. The Dry Diggings Track can be done as either a two- or three-day bushwalk or one long day of cycling.

Harcourt-Sutton Grange Road to Castlemaine, 20km one way
A shorter, enjoyable and history-packed walk for bushwalkers is the walk from the Harcourt-Sutton Grange Road south to Castlemaine over Mount Alexander on the Leanganook Track.

Prepare for your Goldfields Track adventure

To do the Goldfields Track successfully you'll need to plan ahead. You'll need to carry adequate water, food, basic mechanical spare parts (for your bike), and a map. Be aware mobile-phone coverage is not always guaranteed throughout this area.

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Hiking Trail

GPX File

Total distance: 215401 m
Max elevation: 753 m
Min elevation: 232 m
Total climbing: 4440 m
Total descent: -4958 m
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Mountain Bike Trail

GPX File

Total distance: 202443 m
Max elevation: 753 m
Min elevation: 232 m
Total climbing: 3587 m
Total descent: -4107 m
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27 thoughts on “GoldFields Track (210km)

  1. Been walking sections of this around Bendigo, Castlemaine and Daylesford. Can link to other tracks easily to make loops. Would love to do some walks around Ballarat etc.

    1. Clare Malmborg the section from Creswick to Daylesford is lovely. Also from Lake Daylesford to Hepburn Springs Mineral Reserve is particularly gorgeous (though hilly). You can turn the later one into a longer one by looping back from Reserve to Lake past cafes and houses

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