The Dry Diggings trail area is probably the most popular walking, riding and running area close to Daylesford. It is immediately accessible from Daylesford and Hepburn village.
The area runs from Daylesford in the south, through to the Chocolate Mill in the north and is bordered by Sailors Creek in the west and Midland Highway in the east. It encompasses Hepburn Reservoir, Hepburn mineral springs area, the lookout at Hepburn, the complex diggings area of Beehive Gully.
Those wishing to continue to Mt Franklin can minimise us of the Midland highway by using Powells Ln in north end of map.
Very Easy, Easy and Intermediate routes are shown for mountain bike riders to try. Else just pick your own routes using the trail network with contour closeness a guide to steepness.
How to get the Dry Diggings A4 map
Buy the Wombat Station map, just $8 at the Daylesford Visitor Info Centre. Use the Contact Form on the About page to send me the unique code written on the reverse of the map and I will email you an A4 full colour Spa Country Explorer Dry Diggings map.
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If you are wanting to get out of town but not into the bush, then this route and map delivers. Leaving from Musk Station it is just over 2km to the delightful setting of Leitches Creek mineral water spring. Want more? Then continue to explore the hidden bush settlement of Wheatsheaf. Go 12kms and you hit The Glenlyon General Store for coffee and cakes or lunch.
This is not a Spa Country Explorer map. It was converted from a Cyclic Navigator event especially for Xmas 2012 visitors.
The spring is just over 2kms from Musk Station. It is one of the few that still has the traditional style pump. It is in a sheltered setting with picnic table. The mineral water is my favourite in the region.
Wheatsheaf bush settlement
Continue on from the spring another 3kms and you enter the hidden Wheatsheaf settlement of 177 x 2 and 4 hectare bush blocks. If you have been looking for a lifestyle block, then you can spend an hour or so riding the settlement dirt roads to check out what is for sale. Most of the 4 hectare blocks are off Kangaroo Drive.
Glenlyon & General Store
At the NE corner of the settlement (cnr Lightwood Drive and Sharpes Lane), avoid the highway by heading north up Sharpes Lane to Glenlyon. Keen mountain bikers can take the rougher route east along the dashed track to eventually end up in Glenlyon.
The recreation reserve has a mineral spring for your refreshment. And the Glenlyon General Store awaits you with coffee, drinks, food and maybe live music on a weekend.
Glenlyon Back Rd W then S to Giacometti’s Lane is a fast alternative way (mostly tarmac) back to Musk or Daylesford.
There are now five steepish descents marked by a black arrow to the down side. Inexperienced riders should dismount at these and any other fall or rise of which you are unsure. Edition 2, 7Sep17.
Your Dandenong Ranges recreation map
Colleague Andra Bogdanovits of MAPSTART produces a very useful pocket outdoor recreation map for the Dandenong Ranges.
It covers walking, cycling and horse riding tracks in this very accessible area. Picnic areas, cafes and accommodations are shown. You can also locate these by name or list on his digital map at mapstart.com.au/dandenong
Buy online at Mapstart $9.95 or from some shops in the area. Check out Andras’ Facebook page for interesting map topics from around the globe.
The first Spa Country ExplorerAdventurer trail map
No sweat in the heat or wet
Pick up this first Adventurer trail map at the Daylesford Visitor Information Centre and you can be on the trails immediately without worrying about map protection. The Pretex® map paper sheds sweat and wet plus is far more durable than standard paper based maps. What more is there to like? Plenty…
It is all about the forest trails near Daylesford
Every navigable road and track in Wombat Forest and Hepburn Regional Park from Eganstown in the north to Rocklyn in the south. No other maps come close to the Adventurer trail map series. Because you can plan at leisure or just head out and know you won’t keep hitting dead ends. Plus simply rated tracks and contours allow you to select routes that suit you and your group.
Four sample routes allow even novices to get out there with confidence. Just select a route that suits the abilities of your party or family. A Very Easy along the rail trail; two Easy routes, west and north; a More Difficult in the north east. The trail ratings are described in the International Mountain Biking Assn (IMBA) chart on the Resources page of the website.
Route descriptions are in the package along with links for profile and GPX files of each route from
Wombat Station isn’t just the map
Your Adventurer trail map and map package has all the info you are likely to need to enjoy the great outdoors of the spa country. You can quickly access emergency information on the map. The package contains safety advice and further useful information.
The map itself shows various access points where parking is possible. You can walk, ride, run right from Lake Daylesford which is on the map. However it is a few km of uphill to the bulk of the area so you might like to drive to one of those marked access points.
And hey, did you know you are supporting a good case when you buy? Check out the About page for the story.
Daylesford – Hepburn village on and off road link trails map is the second in a series of free downloadable PDF trail maps to complement the Spa Country Explorer Adventurer trail maps. Download it from the Local free trail maps page