Lake Daylesford – Hepburn Springs Reserve 16km easy/medium
The trail takes the Tipperary Walking Track from picturesque Lake Daylesford, a man-made lake that covers the site of the Wombat Flat diggings where gold was first officially reported in 1851, to the Hepburn Mineral Springs Reserve. At the Reserve, there’s a full range of facilities for indulging yourself from private spa baths to a spa pool, cafe or European style picnicking with electric barbecues.
The narrow Trail largely hugs the contours of the steep Sailors and Springs Creeks valleys, through foothill forest, hidden away from housing upslope. There are many mineral springs you are free to visit en route.
Sailors Creek was turned inside out in the search for gold in the second half of the 19th century. Mining artefacts and landscapes are studded throughout the bush, which is surprisingly intact, except around Lake Daylesford and between Breakneck Gorge and Golden Spring. At the latter two places, blackberries threaten to overwhelm the Trail.
Entry stations can be found at Lake Daylesford and Hepburn Springs.
Use the Dry Diggings Track map.
Page last updated 12 September 2012