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RA50 HIKE – Goldfields Trail – Bendigo
June 20 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pmA$49
Bendigo Goldfields Circuit Trail
The Hike: Bendigo Goldfields Bushland Circuit
This hike lets us to sample the rich history of the Great Australian Goldrush of the 1850’s. Starting from the centre of the City of Bendigo, we follow a well-formed trail past quiet historic houses before quickly stepping into the bushland reserve of the Bendigo Regional Park. Here we pass numerous old mine shafts with their mullock heaps from the gold diggings. As we head south, we enter the open woodlands dominated by starkly beautiful yellow box eucalypts with their dark deeply fissured trunks and surrounded by the silent stillness of the forest. Carpeted by abundant wildflowers, the trail loops past the Spring Gully Reservoir before heading back via a green corridor towards our starting point, the historic Bendigo Railway Station, opened in 1862 as Sandhurst before its name change later in the century.
Length: TOTAL circuit distance: 12 km
Track: Part of the 58 km Leanganook Track between Bendigo and Castlemaine, which is the northern part of the Great Dividing Range Goldfields Trail between Ballarat and Bendigo.
Grade: Rated at 2. Easy, but with some sections of loose broken rock.
Time: Allow 3.5 to 4 hours. Best to start in early morning as day can get hot.
Start: Bendigo Railway Station, Gladstone St, Bendigo.
Finish: Bendigo Railway Station, Gladstone St, Bendigo.
Toilets: None at start/finish, nor along trail. Best public toilets are at Old Post Office, Pall Mall, Central Bendigo.
Coffee: Numerous cafes in central Bendigo (CBD).
Weather: Bendigo is generally warmer and drier than Melbourne. Ideal for an Autumn/Winter weekend.
Distance: Bendigo is 160 km from Melbourne by car. Allow 2 hours driving time each way.
Cost: Cost to participate in this hike: $49