About the GDTA

Our mission is to work with land managers, in particular Parks Victoria, DELWP, City of Ballarat, Shires of Hepburn, Moorabool and Mount Alexander, City of Bendigo, Coliban Water, and other authorities to plan, develop and maintain a linked network of public walking and cycling tracks through public land in Central Victoria.

Patron:  John Landy, AC, MBE, former Olympian and champion track athlete; Governor of Victoria 2001-2006.

Track Ambassador:  Steve Moneghetti, former Olympian and Commonwealth Games champion marathon athlete: Athletics Australia selector for 2012 London Olympics.

The Great Dividing Trail Association is an incorporated, not-for-profit, community organisation.  It was established in 1992 by a small group of volunteers who wanted to develop and promote walking tracks linking the great gold cities and townships of central Victoria.  It was later extended to include cyclists.

GDTA is an Affiliate Member of Bushwalking Victoria.

GDTA volunteers were instrumental in building the Goldfields Track , the Lerderderg Track and the Ararat Circuit.  They also assisted Federation University to create a 3.8 km circuit walk around their Mount Helen campus.  This can be accessed off the Eureka Track in Mount Helen via Gear Avenue or University Drive.

We are currently planning the development of a 40 km walk and mountain bike track branching off the Lerderderg Track at Blackwood and terminating on the summit of Mount Macedon. Negotiations with DELWP, Parks Victoria, Hancock Victorian Plantations, Macedon Ranges Shire and Moorabool Shire are under way to get approval for the final route.

We offer a Guided Walks Program to GDTA members and visitors. Please refer to “Walking on the GDT” on left lanel of this page.

Code of Conduct:
Participants in GDTA activities are requested to comply with the GDTA Code of Conduct.  Walk safely and respect other track users and respect the environment.

Read The GDTA Code of Conduct from the link on the left panel of this page.

Publications available from our Membership and Online Shop and on most guided walks:

  • Goldfields Track Walking and Cycling Guide
  • Maps for two of the three tracks that make up the Goldfields Track, namely the Dry Diggings Track and the Leanganook Track, and also a map for the Lerderderg Track.  The existing Wallaby Track map has been withdrawn from sale pending the preparation of a Eureka Track map and a revised Wallaby Track map.

Publications that are freely downloadable (see links on the left margin):

  • Goldfields Track FAQs
  • Federation University (formerly University of Ballarat) circuit walk map
  • Ararat circuit walk map brochure

Become a member of the GDTA via our Membership and Online Shop

GDTA By Laws

Several By Laws were approved by the GDTA Committee in 2013 and confirmed at the 2014 Annual General Meeting.
Read the By Laws here.

New Model Rules and Statement of Purposes

Read the New Model Rules and Statement of Purposes here.

Page last updated 28 February 2018