Passes Through

  • Castlemaine
  • Chewton
  • Expedition Pass
  • Mt Alexander
  • Bendigo

Leanganook Track

Castlemaine and Bendigo
61km walk or 59km ride between Castlemaine and Bendigo.

Leanganook Track

Entry Points to the Leanganook Track

Leanganook Track Elevation Model

Leanganook Track Intermediate Distance Matrix

See the Goldfields Track FAQs for camping facilities.

The Leanganook Track map is available from the GDTA website for $7.50 or for retail prices at several regional visitor information centres.

The comprehensive GDTA Goldfields Track: Walk or Ride Guide features large scale maps with track notes on the four tracks that make up the Goldfields Track (Eureka Track, Wallaby Track, Dry Diggings Track and Leanganook Track). The guide contains 166 pages and is available from GDTA website for $29.99, postage and handling included.

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The Great Dividing Trail concept, as originally envisaged in 1992, involved three stages. The Great Dividing Trail Association received State and local government assistance to complete the fourth stage, the Leanganook Track between Castlemaine and Bendigo. With this fourth section complete, the Great Dividing Trail became the longest community owned and managed regional walking track in Australia.

In May 2011 the Great Dividing Trail between Mt Buninyong and Bendigo was renamed the Goldfields Track, and is now open to both walkers and bike riders with several diversions for bikes where the main track is not suitable.

The name Leanganook Track is used with permission of the DjaDjaWrung Aboriginal traditional owners.

The story behind the track

The Mount Alexander Employment and Training Services (MAETS) was given a substantial grant to employ people to undertake some of the work on the trail. The Regional Environmental Employment Program (REEP) supported by the Department of Infrastructure, the Mount Alexander Shire and the City of Greater Bendigo agreed to provide some substantial work assistance.

The GDTA, Mount Alexander Shire, City of Greater Bendigo, Department of Infrastructure / Parks Victoria, MAETS and REEP and Coliban Water all worked together in 2003 to complete the Leanganook Track.

MAETS created a high standard multi-use track from Castlemaine to Chewton and a REEP scheme crew constructed the track from Chewton to Bendigo following the Coliban water race.

The Leanganook Track was officially opened by Victorian Premier Steve Bracks in Bendigo on November 21st 2003.


Page last updated 07 February 2018