Daylesford – Leonards Hill Rd (EASY/MEDIUM)

The northern trailhead is at Bridport Lookout. Up Ruthven St, right into Vincent St, left up Grant St next to the BP service station to join the track in Cornish Hill. You traverse up and down the slopes of Cornish Hill, extensively mined for gold for over a 50 year period from 1854.

Follow an old railway line to vehicle accessible Jubilee Lake. From here, you climb gently through regrowth forest to the top of the Great Dividing Range, although there are two short, steep pitches.

At Specimen Hill quartz reef (6km from Lake Daylesford) are some large mullock heaps, including one resembling a pyramid. Over a period of 13 years, starting in 1867, the Specimen Hill Co. sank shafts to a depth of nearly 200m.

This section takes its name from a railway siding and sawmill settlement, now burnt out. Timber harvesting, gold mining sites, water races and historic settlements are everywhere to be seen in this ‘working’ forest.


Supplies in Daylesford. Car parking at the trailhead at Bridport Lookout overlooking Lake Daylesford, Ruthven St. Toilets, water and camping at Jubilee Lake.

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What you can expect to see