Goldfields Track Closures in Hepburn Regional Park
Following severe storm damage over recent years, an 11.6km section of the Goldfields Track(GT) within Hepburn Regional Park has been closed to the public. Also closed pending repair is the Sailors Falls Loop which is often used as a link to the Goldfields Track.
The main section closed is from Twin Bridges Picnic Ground on the western edge of Daylesford to Golden Spring on the northen side of Hepburn Springs. Parks Victoria and DJAARA, who jointly manage Hepburn Regional Park, are working to reopen this track and the many features it passes as soon as possible.
Twin Bridges Picnic Ground, Bryces Flat, The Blowhole and Golden Spring are open to day visitors, but the Goldfields Track joining them is closed. Sailors Falls Picnic Ground is also open.
The GT near Sailors Falls can be accessed from Telegraph Road.
Parks Victoria publication Hepburn Regional Park Storm Damage Update – Autumn 2023 gives more information.
A map showing a suggested temporary diversion, which allows walkers to bypass the closure via Daylesford township and Kidds Gully, has been prepared by the GDTA . It is available for download free of charge. A GPX file for navigation is also available.
Walk Alternative Description
If walking from south of Daylesford towards Castlemaine, you will need to leave the direct route by turning right after crossing the Wombat Creek bridge (point A on map).
Follow this section of the Goldfields Track to the south end of the Lake Daylesford dam wall.
Cross the wall and proceed clockwise around the lake following GT posts.
Near the north-east corner of the lake, follow the GT uphill to the Bridport Lookout.
Turn right onto Bridport Street, then left onto Vincent Street.
Proceed uphill to the Daylesford Post Office.
Turn right along Central Springs Road for 2 blocks, then left into Camp Street.
At the 5-way intersection about 450 metres on, go straight ahead onto Jamieson Street and follow it for 1km to Kidds Gully
Proceed eastwards and then northwards (now on 4WD track) passing Hepburn Reservoir on the right.
About 200 metres further on turn sharply right uphill to the top of the ridge.
Follow the track north-westerly more or less on the ridge top to Hepburn Springs Reserve.
Go eastwards across the reserve to the trailhead of the GT Hepburn Springs link.
Follow the GT posts for 1.6km to rejoin the GT proper at Womans Gully.