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Ride the Dry Diggings Track

People ready to ride the track.

Thursday 25 September 2019

Spring is the perfect time of year to hit the bike tracks around our region and a shuttle bus service is making it easier than ever.

The bus service will drop you and your bike off at Daylesford or Vaughan Springs so you can ride (or walk) back to Castlemaine along the Dry Diggings stretch of the Goldfields Track. Transfers are available both ways.

The service will run on Friday 27 and Saturday 28 September and every Saturday until 9 November.

Walkers and cyclists can take on the 58km stretch from Daylesford to Castlemaine, or the shorter distance of 19km from Vaughan Springs.

Paula Ewing and Andy Bos from Tread at Harcourt are volunteering their time to drop off riders and walkers along the route.

“The Goldfields Track is becoming increasingly well-known for mountain biking, not just in Australia, but around the world,” said Andy.

“People love that it’s so accessible. It’s really close to Melbourne but feels like you’re in the middle of nowhere.”

The Dry Diggings Track is made up of a mix of single track, old remnant walking paths and trails that have formed over many years.

There’s a gentle 20km downhill section from Daylesford from the Chocolate Mill to Vaughan Springs, followed by a slight incline to Castlemaine.

Andy said it takes between five and six hours to ride from Daylesford to Castlemaine, but some riders have done it in three and a half hours. The 22km stretch from Vaughan Springs takes about two and a half hours to ride.

The shuttle bus leaves from the Castlemaine Train Station. It costs $20 to be dropped at Daylesford and $10 to be dropped at Vaughan Springs.

Bookings are essential. Book online via bit.ly/MtAlexBoxOffice or drop in to the Castlemaine Visitor Information Centre (VIC) on Mostyn Street. The VIC is open every day from 9.00am to 5.00pm. You can also call the VIC to book your place on 5471 1795.

The shuttle bus service is a partnership between the Goldfields Track Inc. and Mount Alexander Shire Council with support from Tread.

Image: The shuttle has been very popular with people keen to try their hand at the Goldfields Track. (Supplied: Tread Harcourt).

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