For much of its distance, the Wallaby Track contours through what was once a productive, working forest on top of the Divide. You traverse hilly terrain, passing through regrowth messmate and peppermint forest that has been hammered since the gold rush.
Wallaby Track Elevation
The Wallaby Track Walk/Ride encounters both eucalypt forest and radiata pine plantation soon after departing Creswick. This is followed by open farmland before re-entering native forest which forms the landscape all the way to Daylesford.
The first section is the W.G.Spence Walk/Ride. After leaving the Tourist Information Centre and crossing Creswick Creek by a foot bridge, walkers soon enter the University of Melbourne’s Creswick campus with its historic buildings and magnificent gardens. Because of these you hardly notice the short climb before exiting to the Creswick Plantation. Cyclists take a more direct way to St Georges Lake from the University entrance gates by following undulating roads. After a short distance walkers are in Creswick Regional Park, and follow various gently-graded tracks and roads passing a small lake with a wooden sculpture of forester John La Gerche, old stables and a grate-covered mine shaft. The path proceeds with gentle undulations before arriving at the 140 year old Oak Gully. A steep climb via the Creswick Plantation takes you to the top of Brackenbury Hill with its views in all directions; then down to Dingley Dell on St Georges Lake. A flat track is now followed along the eastern edge of the lake to a picnic ground. Next there is a short climb to a water race which takes you almost through the former Koala Park before dropping to cross Creswick Creek again via a footbridge. You now climb up to the junction where the cycle route re-joins, and then leave the former Koala Park to follow a rough-at-times track through a diggings-scarred landscape to Niggl Bridge which defines the end of the Creswick Regional Park. The next part of the route is in Creswick State Forest along various classes of roads and tracks and generally rising for some 2km to Davey Road. The historic Spence Hut site is passed on the right about half-way. There is now fairly easy riding and walking to Bowens Lane where you emerge into farming country. Grades are mainly quite easy from here to Mollongghip along rural roads and tracks.
Anderson Tramway Walk/Ride is totally within the Wombat State Forest, at times on dedicated walking/riding tracks and otherwise on former logging tracks. Although the top of the Great Dividing Range is crossed after 4km, the grades are generally not difficult to handle, and after a further 3km Wombat Station is reached.
Wombat Forest Walk starts by following an old railway formation (now a 4WD track) slightly rising for 3km. You then continue on a good gravel road with gentle grades to the edge of the former White Point Diggings. From here you are on former logging tracks with many minor ups and downs for 5.5km to Telegraph Road. Walkers cross the bitumen and enter Hepburn Regional Park, whereas riders turn left along Telegraph Road for 200 metres to Old Tom Track which is followed northwards. The walk route proceeds with slight grades for 1.5km to a junction with a link to Sailors Falls Picnic Ground which can be used as an entry/exit point. Continue northwards crossing Sailors Creek and re-linking with the riders at the north end of Old Toms Track after some short steep sections have been encountered. Cross Sailors Creek again (by ford) and climb upwards and then down again before crossing the same creek again by ford; up to Old Ballarat Road, down Goo Goo Road to Wombat Creek which is followed to Lake Daylesford largely along a former water race.