In a forest oasis north of the city, this is a great hike to fill a summer’s afternoon.
Only an hour and a half from the centre of Melbourne, Daylesford feels a million miles from the city. The road north-west passes through increasingly dry country in which Daylesford, famous for its mineral springs, appears as something of an oasis.
A network of trails surrounds the town and the walk to Tipperary Springs is an easy afternoon’s hike at just under a 10 km round-trip. Park beside the lake, follow the trail past Central Springs and you’ll find yourself on the Goldfields Track, which at its full 210 km length reaches from Ballarat to Bendigo. Following the track for a short time will take you along to Twin Bridges and then on to Tipperary Springs, where it’s possible to cross to the other side of Sailor’s Creek and hike back along a different path.
Despite beginning so close to town, peace and quiet descends on you within minutes of starting out on this forested track. Swamp wallabies, echidnas, currawongs and crimson rosellas are among the wildlife you may be lucky enough to spot without stepping off the path.
All of Daylesford’s springs are equipped with pumps, so you can have a taste or fill your water bottle, depending on how you find the sulphurous taste and natural carbonation. Tipperary Springs is a great place to stop for lunch and refuel before heading back towards the town.
Winding through the foothills of the Great Dividing Range, this is a short, sweet summer hike with great opportunities for wildlife spotting.
AN EASY, AFTERNOON WALK
90 MINUTES FROM THE CITY
SPRING WATER TO DRINK!
LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY
EASE OF ACCESSIBILITY
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