REVISED maps and track notes have the potential to unleash a whole new level of interest in the 210-kilometre Goldfields Track from Bendigo to Ballarat.
Mountain bike riders and walkers can source information in the one book in the newly released second edition of the track guidebook.
Titled the Goldfields Track Walk or Ride guide, the publisher said it directed visitors to new features including the $2 million mountain bike park, the La Larr Ba Gauwa Park, among the granite hilltops of Mt Alexander.
“It follows hidden treasures like the Coliban channel, a 70km-long 19th century engineering marvel punctuated by startling steam punk artificial waterfalls, energy dissipaters and tunnels,” Goldfields Track chair Peter Skilbeck said.
“It leads you into the Spring Gully area of Bendigo and through the regional park, location of the proposed Spring Gully Mountain Bike trail network.
“What makes the Goldfields Track truly unique is its cultural heritage, diverse natural beauty from Bendigo’s golden plains to mountain tops, and its easy accessibility from railheads and regional towns.
“And when your legs are weary, there are plenty of pit stops and diversions at the gracious goldfields towns en route from the arts and awarded eateries of Bendigo and Castlemaine to the mineral spas of Daylesford and elegance of Ballarat, Creswick and Buninyong.”
Riders from the Bendigo Moutain Bike Club and walkers from the Great Dividing Trail Association gifted the new guide to councillors and mayors in towns along the track, including City of Greater Bendigo councillor Rod Fyffe.
The new guide also includes new essays from local experts.