Saturday, September 29, 2012

Leanganook track, Photos

Well as the title suggest this is a collection of photos I did not use in the earlier posts, mostly showing the old building works.

Burke and Wills Monument

Garfield water wheel

Retaining wall near Garfield water wheel

Stone Building

Tunnel entry

Tunnel Exit
Water Fall

Original channel where it crossed over a gully
This way

Spring Bloom

Stone wall of original channel

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Leanganook Track, days 3 and 4

Day 3 saw me complete the descent down to the Coliban channel. I had arranged for a second water drop here which I collected before continuing along the channel. The channel offers some interesting old stone work and one has to wonder at the amount of work that was done without today’s modern efficient machinery. I finished day 3 at the designated camp site just off the Coliban channel in the Greater Bendigo National Park

Day 4 whilst this was my longest day it was generally downhill which made walking a little easier. Starting in the Greater Bendigo National Park the track soon joins the channel again which it follows until you meet the fence of the Sandhurst Reservoir. After that it follows a mix of tracks ranging from walking track, right though to concrete foot paths in the suburbs of Bendigo before reaching the Bendigo rail station.

Note on navigation and water, whist the guide book is quite detailed and the track is generally well marked there was a few places where I needed to check my position or check the direction I was heading. This was more often in the bush areas close to Bendigo and Castlemaine where there are lots of criss-crossing tracks, and also heading down the eastern side of the Mt Alexander Regional Park where I found the track to be less travel and thus harder to pick out in the grass.

The guide book also indicates there may be no water available along the track. Since I was walking in late winter I felt there should be water about, however as I could not guarantee both quality and quantity I arranged two water drops. Each day I did see water in creeks both small and large and (of course) in the aqueduct. Now I would not use any of these sources without treatment. So if you are planning this trip I would recommend arranging water drops.

According to my GPs I walked, day 1, 14.5 Km, day 2, 13.5 Km, day 3, 18Km and day 4, 21 Km.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Leanganook Track, days 1 and 2

Whilst the track is setup as a 3 day walk I decided to make it 4 days. This would allow me to travel and walk on day 1, shorten up the day with the big climb up through the Mt Alexander Regional Park, plus would also allow me to avoid camping at the designated camping area at the drive in picnic ground. Since the guide book indicated there was no potable water on the track I had arranged a water drop where the walking track meets Specimen Gully road in Bakers Creek. This area also offered some natural bush to camp in.

Day Two, once the trail reaches Specimen Gully road the walking and bike tracks separate with the later heading of to Harcourt and the walking tracking heading east, under the freeway and up through the Mt Alexander Regional Park A short distance after crossing the ridge and heading down the eastern side the track reaches a plateau. This area offers a number of suitable camp sites over a distance of around 500m.

The Guide book lists the Leanganook picnic area as the designated camping area, however for those happy to bush camp, there was enough space for a few tents near the second turn off to the picnic area camping ground.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Goldfields Track – Leanganook Track

Castlemaine to Bendigo 

I don’t believe the GFT will ever make it on to Victoria’s most iconic bushwalk list, but for anyone thinking about a multi-day walk for the cooler months then I suggest you have a look at it.

I selected the Leanganook section (Castlemaine to Bendigo) as it had (IMHO) the best transport and camping options. I will post a summary of my trip later, but for now I have summarised what I believe to be the Pro’s & Con’s of this section below;

Penny Weight Flat Cemetery


Great multi day winter / early spring walk.

Easy access using public transport, in particular on a train route that runs more than once or twice a week. This easy access to public transport allows for the use of one car and removes the need to do a car shuffle at the start and end of a walk

Interesting look at some local history.

The big climb (about 350m over 8 km) is over and done within one day.

It’s in Victoria (so no long road trip)

A very well produced guide book and a well marked track, thus easing the pressure on navigation

Garfield Water Wheel


Lack of reliable water

There is some walking on roads; most of these roads are either 4wd tracks or MVO tracks thus resulting in little or no traffic being seen.

The aqueduct is your constant companion for about 20 km. The aqueduct does have a couple of tunnels and some very interesting construction features which do add interest.

Orange Road