Twenty years on from the Goldfields Track's humble beginnings, the 2nd edition of the Goldfields Track guidebook not only brings the colourful history of the region together, but also, for the first time, brings together mountain bike riders and walkers. No longer simply a walking guide, it’s now the Goldfields Track Walk or Ride Guide, providing comprehensive coverage of the longest shared use track in Victoria.
The 1st walking guide edition won a community history award for its in-depth coverage of cultural heritage and reading the landscape. Wiro bound, it’s proven tough enough for on-track usage.
“This new edition stands on its shoulders and raises the bar to new heights,” says Peter Skilbeck, Chair of Goldfields Track Inc (GTI). “It has totally revised maps and track notes, and new essays from local experts.
The publishers have deliberately fostered ‘a sense of place’ by sourcing the guide’s author, designer, essayists, cartographers and photographers from the goldfields region. Land managers from Parks Victoria to DELWP and local government have embraced the track.
“What makes the Goldfields Track truly unique is its cultural heritage, diverse natural beauty from mountain tops to golden plains, and its easy accessibility from Melbourne and regional towns,” comments Peter Skilbeck.
Published by Em PRESS for the GTI & the Great Dividing Trail Association Inc
Gib Wettenhall (author)
Goldfields Track: Walk or Ride Guide
210km from Mt Buninyong to Bendigo, central Victoria
172 pages, fully illustrated 35 maps
ISBN 9780975777886 (pbk.)
Online orders: www.gdt.org.au au or www.goldfieldstrack.com.au
On sale at regional Visitor Centres (Creswick, Daylesford, Castlemaine and Bendigo) and selected bookshops and retail outlets – see the websites
Writer and em PRESS publisher Gib Wettenhall lives among Mollongghip's volcanic hills at the far eastern end of the Divide between Ballarat and Daylesford.