See the Goldfields Track FAQs for camping facilities.
The Wallaby 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 Walking Guide features large scale maps with track notes on the three tracks that make up the Goldfields Track (Wallaby Track, Dry Diggings Track and Leanganook Track). The guide contains 160 pages that will complement the three GDTA maps. Available from GDTA website for $29.95, postage and handling included.
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The Wallaby Track, previously known as the Federation Track, crosses the top of the Great Dividing Range between Ballarat and Daylesford. It comprises the southernmost section of the Goldfields Track, now open to both walking and mtb cycling.
The Great Divide also marks the boundary of two Aboriginal Nations – the Djadja Wurrung to the north and the Watha Wurrung to the south.
Commemorating the Centenary of Federation, the former Federation Track acknowledged the contribution of the trade union leader W. G. Spence to the formation of Federation. Spence was brought up in a slab and bark hut near Creswick and rose to become the first president of the powerful Shearers Union and a founding member of the first Federal Australian Parliament. At the time of Federation in 1901, the area was one of the most densely settled mining and rural areas in Australia.
It was officially renamed the Wallaby Track by Steve Moneghetti in November 2006 to coincide with the addition of the Ballarat – Mount Buninyong section, and in recognition of the characteristic Black Wallabies found along much of the forested parts of the track .
Swearing allegiance to the Southern Cross
Water color by Charles Doudiet, 1854. Collection: Ballarat Fine Art Gallery
Page last updated 31 October 2014