Heritage Park Walk
Castlemaine Station – Old Calder Highway 15.5 km
Traces of the alluvial gold rush era are evident everywhere in this walk through the Castlemaine Diggings and Forest Creek goldfields. They range from the sandstone walls of one roomed miners’ huts, to puddling sites that were to become dominated by Chinese in the 1860s, and to the foundations for the giant Garfield water wheel driven battery which crushed quartz for gold until the start of the 20th century.
This first part of the walk comes close to the historic Pennyweight Cemetery on the fringes of the former gold workings, now preserved as an historic site and which should form a short side trip. It passes the massive stone foundations of the former 21.5m diameter Garfield water wheel that once drove a 15 head quartz-crushing battery.
Later the walk passes the Expedition Pass Reservoir, constructed to bring water off the Great Dividing Range to the goldfields from the Malmsbury Reservoir on the Coliban River.
Page last updated 12 September 2012