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The guide is up and running! Olympians John Landy and Steve Moneghetti officiated with Hepburn Shire mayor Sebastian Klein (centre). There was a good crowd on Friday evening in the bowels of the town hall.
GDTA walkers off-track in Tarilta Gorge.
The Goldfields Track walking guide is appropriately being launched at the Daylesford Town Hall on Friday 1st June. Appropriate because Daylesford is the central point of the 210km long track and Hepburn Shire has been a good supporter.
The book has blown out to 160 pages and is jam-packed with a kaleidoscope of maps and images – a wall of colour and movement, but not cluttered, I hope. Almost a signature style for em PRESS's landscape books where an image often says more than any number of words.
Olympians and GDTA patrons, John Landy and Steve Moneghetti, will be officiating at the launch.
Many years in the making the Goldfields Track walking guide is to be published by em PRESS for the Great Dividing Trail Association (GDTA) in June this year.
The guide will have 1:25,000 ratio maps of the whole of the 210km track between Mt Buninyong and Bendigo, which passes through the towns of Ballarat, Creswick, Daylesford and Castlemaine on the way. It is the longest shared use track (for walkers & mountain bikers) in the country. I'm writing and producing the guide, and have now walked or ridden its whole length as part of the 'ground truthing' process. GDTA surveyor Bill Casey has GPSed the whole track. DSE's Customised Mapping Unit in Ballarat are producing standard VicMap style contour maps.
The map spreads with track notes and large numbers of photos will be sandwiched between essays by local experts on landscape features from geology to plants and animals, as well as essays on the goldfields' rich cultural heritage and some of the area's historical characters.
The wire bound, paperback size guide will be available from central Victorian tourist information centres and via the book's major sponsor the Great Dividing Trail Association. The retail price for the 160 page guide will be between $25-30.
Three large size maps now exist covering the length of the 210km Goldfields Track. I wrote and produced the last of these – the Leanganook Track map – in mid-Feb and it should be available from tourist info centres in central Victoria or the gdt website - click here. The map covers the final 60km of the track between Castlemaine and Bendigo.
Features of this track are the granite tors of Mt Alexander and the sculptured engineering (inc two bluestone 'waterfalls') of the 140 year-old Coliban Water Channel.
These are now available for The People of Budj Bim.
There was a packed house last Tuesday night at the Hamilton Art Gallery. The crowd seemed genuinely interested to learn about the region's Indigenous history. Lots of media - the main Gunditjmara man, Damein Bell, and myself even managed to get a full front page spread in the Hamilton Spectator (see below).
It's only a little book, but there's been lots of toing and froing with the Gunditjmara people on the editorial committee to make sure it reflects their stories and version of the past.
The launch was at the Hamilton Art Gallery on 6 July with the community doing the honours - Auntie Phemie Day making the Welcome to Country and senior elder Ken Saunders launching the book. Editorial committee chairman Damien Bell is pictured talking about the book.
Art gallery director Danny McOwan has been very enthusiastic about the launch. He sees it as a big step forward in promoting regional reconciliation.