Cry Joe Walk/Ride
Vaughan Springs – Castlemaine Station 19.5 km walk or 19.2 km ride
Maps 21b – 24a of the Goldfields Track Walk or Ride Guide
This section is extremely rich in mining heritage. It goes past a number of historic mines and through a number of mined and sluiced gullies. It also passes through the historic township of Fryerstown and the former mining towns of Irishtown and Spring Gully.
Walkers are encouraged to leave the Trail and investigate several of the historic mining sites and buildings around Fryerstown and Spring Gully. Please respect the privacy of people who live in many of these buildings.
The section between Castlemaine and The Monk (a large hill with a stunning view) follows the Poverty Gully Water Race into Castlemaine.
An entry station is located at the Fryerstown old school, a building which is being refurbished by the local Fryerstown community. The grounds are available for camping and there is a wood barbecue, an external water point and external showers. Email Tim Todhunter for bookings.
A short distance past a high point called The Monk (about 6 km past Fryerstown), there is an alternative shared-use track branching to the right. It descends to Chewton before joining the Leanganook Track some 4.5 km from Castlemaine Rail Station. However, if you want to visit Castlemaine with its numerous points of interest, continue on the main track after passing The Monk. At this point you are 7 km from Castlemaine Station.
Page last updated 30 January 2018