Passes Through

  • Daylesford
  • Hepburn
  • Mt Franklin
  • Vaughan Springs
  • Fryerstown
  • Castlemaine

Dry Diggings Track

Daylesford to Castlemaine
58km walk or 52km ride amongst historic goldfields relics

Golden Mountain Walk/Ride

Porcupine Ridge Road – Vaughan Springs  11.4 km walk or 13.4 km ride*

Maps 20 and 21a of the Goldfields Track Walk or Ride Guide

This section passes through historic goldfields that are only accessible on this walk. It includes a number of often dry gullies. Water must be carried in this area because it isn’t guaranteed to be available or potable, even at Vaughan on the Loddon River.

There is no permanent settlement at all once you head north of Mt Franklin. It is a great area for experiencing a quiet, challenging walk through a forested, uninhabited but once thriving mining area.

* The ride leaves the walk route at Gurr Track and follows Porcupine Ridge Road to Vaughan.  (See Dry Diggings Track map or Goldfields Track  Walk or Ride Guide).  The entrance to the Springs is on the right at the top of the initial climb from the Loddon River crossing which is a ford.

Vaughan Springs


Page last updated 16 February 2018