Daylesford and Goldfields, VIC: A 4-Day Walking Tour
Discover Victoria's beautiful spa towns of Daylesford and Hepburn Springs along with the surrounding Goldfields on a four-day guided walk and tour, just over an hour from Melbourne. Includes daily breakfast, daily guided walks, an afternoon of bathing at Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa, return transfers from Melbourne, a morning tea, chocolate tastings, visit to local cidery and more.
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Soak up beautiful rugged landscapes as you discover historic remnants of the Victorian Gold Rush, sample gourmet local food and cider and bathe in the famous mineral springs whilst staying at The Manor House – a beautiful and cosy farmhouse-style retreat with private en-suite bedrooms.
What You’ll Love
The Accommodation – A farmhouse-style retreat an hour from Melbourne
Sitting conveniently just over an hour from Melbourne, your return group transfers will drop you at The Manor House – a charming property that oozes cosiness and intimacy – a welcomed sanctuary after a day out and about. This retreat features a countryside kitchen, log fireplace, main indoor dining room, outdoor barbecue and dining area and eight private en-suite bedrooms.
Wake up in an elegant and cosy room with king or twin bedding and a private en-suite bathroom which overlooks the gardens.
The Food – Enjoy daily breakfast, three lunches and two dinners
Enjoy daily breakfast at the Manor House and one morning tea at the Red Beard Bakery in the village of Trentham; a historic bakery whose original wood-fired Scotch oven was in continuous use from 1891 — 1987. You’ll also enjoy daily pre-dinner nibbles and feast on fresh produce with three lunches and two multi-course dinners.
See & Do – Enjoy guided walks by day, soothing bathing one afternoon and more
Set off on daily scenic guided walks with experienced guides. Admire the scenery as you walk from the beautiful Lake Daylesford to Hepburn Springs, passing rugged gorges, The Blowhole of Sailors Creek – which was carved into the rock to redirect water to allow miners to search for gold in the dry creek bed – and handmade bridges en route. Walk along the Goldfields Track past Beehive Gully, a ravine caused by extensive mining. Then walk from Porcupine Ridge through Sailor’s Gully, Vaughan and Fryerstown, a former gold town which was home to more than 15,000 people at the height of the gold rush.
After busy days of walking and exploring, relax and experience the benefits of the mineral-rich waters of Hepburn Springs spa town with an afternoon of bathing to soothe your muscles.
Sample indulgent chocolates at the Chocolate Mill and visit the Daylesford Cider House, a boutique cider maker which produces 17 varieties from organically grown, English heritage-listed apples.
Perfect for nature lovers
Discover the beauty of the Victorian countryside and enjoy three nights in the up-and-coming town of Daylesford.
Your Package Includes:
- Three nights accommodation at the Manor House, Daylesford
- Daily breakfast at the Manor House
- Three lunches and two dinners
- One morning tea at the historic Red Beard Bakery in the village of Trentham
- Daily guided walks with experienced guides
- An afternoon of bathing in the natural mineral waters at the iconic Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa
- Chocolate tastings at the Chocolate Mill
- Visit the boutique Daylesford Cider House
- Return group transfers from Melbourne to Daylesford
- Visit to the 19th-century mansions of Convent Gallery
- All transport and guiding
The '7 day change of mind guarantee' does not apply for Tour bookings. Due to the high demand and limited departures any cancellation / refund requests must be made within 48 hours of purchase. Otherwise, the standard Luxury Escapes Refund Policy applies.
Valid for the following tour departure dates:
3 September 2018
10 September 2018
22 October 2018
All departure dates are subject to availability and early bookings are highly recommended.
Single Traveller Surcharge: Single travellers must pay a surcharge of AU$300 per person, payable directly to the tour company.
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Room Capacity: The maximum room capacity is two people. Room configuration is one king bed or twin single beds.
The package is valid for ONE PERSON aged 18 years or older (based on twin share). If you are travelling with another person you must purchase TWO PACKAGES.
Dining inclusions do not include beverages (unless otherwise stated) and menu options are subject to change.
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Any unused portion of the package is non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for other services or cash.
Additional expenses such as (but not limited to) flights are not included with this accommodation package.
Package cannot be split.
Offer only available for consecutive nightly stays.
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Day 1 - Daylesford to Hepburn Springs 14km walking, approx. 6 hours of walking, including breaks (easy grade)
Once we depart from Melbourne, we head in a north-westerly direction and arrive in the idyllic village of Trentham where we will stop at the Red Beard Bakery for morning tea. This historic bakery houses an original wood-fired oven. The original Scotch oven was used continuously from 1891 to 1987, weighs 75 tonnes and can bake 600 loaves from one firing. It has been producing sourdough breads since 2005. You can see the bakery in action.
From Trentham we head to the famous mineral springs town of Daylesford for our first walk which starts at beautiful Lake Daylesford. The walk itself is approximately 2.5 hours to Bryces Flat where we enjoy a lovely lunch provided by Park Trek at the picnic area.
After lunch we begin our walk toward Hepburn Springs which will take another 3.5 hours. The track passes by the blow hole, revealing rugged, sheer-sided gorges along the creek. The path is narrow and rocky and a distinct view awaits around each bend.
From the Blowhole the trail crosses the willow-lined Spring Creek several times via handmade bridges. We finish for the day at Golden Springs at approximately 3.30-4pm.
We will head to our accommodation at Daylesford Manor House to unpack and change, and one of the Park Trek guides will take you to the famous Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa for a relaxing dip in the natural mineral springs pools. The Bathhouse has been providing the experience of traditional communal bathing since 1895 and comprises of the Relaxation Pool and Spa Pool both providing mineral water bathing, which rehydrates and oxygenates the body giving you a total sense of wellbeing.
After a relaxing dip, guests are able to purchase wine from the local Hepburn Store or Savioa Hotel before being taken back to the guest house for pre-dinner nibbles followed by a two-course dinner prepared by the guides.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Daylesford Manor House
Day 2 - Hepburn Springs to Porcupine Ridge 14km walking, approx. 6 hours of walking, including breaks (easy grade)
After breakfast and lunch making we head out from our accommodation to Hepburn Mineral Springs Reserve, to begin the walk along the Goldfields Track. Here we have the opportunity to sample some of the local mineral spring water.
Today’s walk takes us through Beehive Gully, which resembles a mini Grand Canyon 10 – 15m deep, a result of extensive mining. Remnants of shafts, water races, quartz crushing battery and a fan of tailings can be seen.
The track meanders up and down through bushland, emerging at the Chocolate Mill. This local chocolate manufacturer offers a mouth-watering selection of chocolates, and you will get the opportunity to sample some, as well as an indulgent hot chocolate, on your visit. If you wish to purchase any we will have an esky in the vehicle so they can be kept cool and taken back to our accommodation for you.
The Goldfields Track takes us towards porcupine ridge road to our lunch stop at the view point just before the ridge. At the highest point of the trail we get good views through the trees in both directions. After lunch we will hop back in the Park Trek vehicle and drive to Daylesford Cider in Musk. This boutique cider maker produces a wide range from organically grown heritage apples and we can enjoy some cider tasting in the picturesque setting.
Mid-afternoon we depart Musk and head to the Convent Gallery in Daylesford. The Convent Gallery was once known as the Holy Cross Convent and home to a group of Presentation Sisters. Since opened in 1991 the heritage building complex has expanded to include several galleries, bars, reception spaces, museum, gardens, gift shop and a café.
Park Trek covers the entry to the Convent Gallery and once inside you can wander around at your leisure. From here guests can wander to Vincent Street – the main shopping strip in Daylesford or can choose to revisit the Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa (own expense) before nibbles are served around 6pm followed by a lovely two course dinner prepared by your guides.
Meals – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Accommodation: Daylesford Manor House
Day 3 - Porcupine Ridge to Fryerstown 17km walking, approx. 6 hours of walking, including breaks (easy grade)
After breakfast and lunch making we pack up and depart from our accommodation and make our way back to Porcupine Ridge (the end of yesterday’s walk). From there the track takes us through Sailers Gully where we stop for morning tea.
We continue our walk onto Vaughan where there is are mineral springs and a picnic area where we stop to have our lunch, and a swimming hole in the Loddon River. If the weather is warm, swimming in the water hole is an option.
After lunch we continue onto Fryerstown (approximately 2 hours). Nestled in the Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park Fryerstown has a strong gold history and was home to 15,000 miners at the height of the gold rush. Several fine buildings remain. The town had a butcher, a blacksmith, a boot factory, 25 hotels and a lolly shop.
Following the end of the walk, guests are then transported back to Daylesford where there is some free time to explore the sights of the town such as the Botanic Gardens, Lake Daylesford, Vincent Street or simply relax at Manor House.
This evening we eat out at a local restaurant (own expense) and enjoy some local Daylesford Hospitality.
Meals – Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Daylesford Manor House
Day 4 - Porcupine Ridge to Fryerstown 8km walking, approx. 4 hours of walking, including breaks (easy grade)
After breakfast and lunch making, we pack up and check out of Manor House. Our final day of walking commences from Fryerstown where after a short distance we find the remnants of the Spring Gully mines which was one of the most famous mines of the Castlemaine district operating from the 1850s until the 1930s. The most prominent feature is the high stone-faced loading ramp from which quartz was fed into a stamping battery for crushing.
As we approach Castlemaine, a short sharp climb brings us onto The Monk. In season there are wonderful wildflowers and orchids on this prominent viewpoint. The summit is 200m south of the track with vehicle access via Jacobs Track and is our morning tea stop.
After we leave Castlemaine and bid farewell to the Goldfields Track we make our last stop on our way back to Melbourne at the well-known Duck Duck Goose and Larder, Kyneton.
Located in Piper Street this establishment offers café, larder and providore where you can browse or purchase any items you may like to take home with you.
We return to our drop off location in Melbourne outside the National Gallery of Victoria between 4.30 and 5pm.
- On-site parking
- Cooking facilities
This tour departs from the National Gallery of Victoria on St Kilda Road in Melbourne's Southbank; approximately 26km (a 30-minute drive) from Melbourne's international airport.
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