Goldfields Track, one of Australia’s most exciting mountain bike tracks
Many of us have grown up riding mountain bikes round in circles, be it at manicured MTB parks or in ever-popular 6, 12 or 24 endurance races.
The Goldfields Track is something entirely different. Originally formed by gold seekers in the 1850s, it is a point-to-point 200km mountain bike trail that takes you on a remote and challenging pedal through central Victoria and some of its most historic and beautiful towns.
To do it successfully you'll need to plan ahead. Car shuttling is a necessity unless you're a superman (or woman) and if you're going to do the whole thing in one go then accommodation will be needed if you want to maximise your enjoyment of one of the longest mountain bike trails in Victoria.
Preparing for your Goldfield Track Adventure
You'll have to carry adequate water, food and basic mechanical spare parts. Be aware mobile-phone coverage is not always guaranteed throughout this area.
Riders need to be reasonably fit and skilled, and if so should be able to conquer the GT on anything from a single-speed to a freeride dually. Just make sure you've converted your tyres to run tubeless.
Get all that sorted and you'll find the riding experience is outstanding. For a start it's hard to get lost thanks to excellent sign-posting, and the track is incredibly varied, with just about every conceivable form of climb, descent and flat track imaginable rolling under your wheels at some point.
The scenery is just as diverse. You'll encounter forests, both natural and man-made, pastoral countryside and singletrack that in some places flows on grippy loam and in others jumps and jags across roots, rock ledges and coarse sandstone.
At the end of it you will have ridden one of the great mountain bike experiences available in this country ... and maybe the world.
Want to join a guided walk to better experience Victoria’s great hiking trail?
The Great Dividing Trail Association (GDT) conducts a guided bushwalks program every year on Victoria’s Goldfields Track. These walks are a great way to experience different sections of the track with other keen bushwalkers. The schedule for their 2013 is now available. Click here to review information on walk dates, locations, distances and how to book.
In 2013 the Great Dividing Trail Association will lead a series of guided walks between Mt Macedon and Mt Buninyong. Contact email@example.com towards the end of 2012 for further details.
Need to get a map?
You can view and download maps for each of the three tracks on Garmin or Google maps. Follow the links on each Track page:
Dry Diggings Track,
Or get yourself a hard copy of the Goldfields Track maps or the brand new Walking Guide.
The Walking Guide is a brand new, 160 page comprehensive Guide to the track, with 33 full colour, large scale contour maps covering the full track in detail. The Guide includes superb photography and a range of essays, penned by local experts, on topics including local flora and fauna and the region's rich cultural heritage.
You can purchase the maps and Guide Book from local Visitor Information Centres, or online from the Great Dividing Trail Association.
The Goldfields Track is a natural bush track that can sometimes feel quite remote, although it passes through several towns and villages. The track is clearly signed with gold-topped marker posts and directional signage. However, you should always carry a map and these can be purchased from www.gdt.org.au or local visitor information centres.
You can also get news on track closures, controlled burns and other activity that may affect use of the track from the News section on the GDT website. Please note, you may see references on this site to the Lerderderg Track, this track is not part of the Goldfields Track.
Special thanks to Haymes for their support in supplying all the paint finishes for the gold-topped marker posts throughout the track.