Porcupine Ridge Rd – Vaughan Springs

From GT post on east side of road, take pad gently downhill through regenerating bush to Browns Gully miner’s hut ruins. Climb steeply on rough track, crossing ridgetop and descending to Wewak Trk.

Two winding descents, the second quite steep, through narrow gold-mined Sebastopol and Stones gullies. After Helge Trk, you enter high-walled Sailors Gully, traversing a landscape pockmarked with 1850s mining holes like a World War 1 battlefield.

Evidence of a large mining dam announces your arrival at Tubal Cain, with its fine example of a Cornish flue or hillside chimney. There’s a line of deep open shafts parallel to the track, so exercise care. Two bends on, you pass close to one of the more complete mining hut ruins found on the track (E side).

Long uphill section to Gurr Trk. Bike track heads off to the west here. Bikers can look forward to fording the river some 3km further on.

Walkers head straight down Gurr Tk. After crossing Italian Hill Trk, the track narrows to a walkers-only pad through open grassy forest with some fine red gums.

The walk finishes on an old bridle path, underpinned by drystone walling, contouring way above the Loddon River.


No supplies. Toilets, water and camping at Vaughan Springs.

Refer maps 20 - 21a of the Goldfields Track Walk or Ride Guide

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