The Great Lakes Walk
Length: 5.8 km
Time: Allow two hours walking time
Terrain: Mild to moderately hilly
Direction of travel: Clockwise
Notes: This walk begins right in town and uses back tracks to link Daylesford’s two lakes; the glamorous Lake Daylesford and its country cousin, Jubilee Lake.
From central Daylesford, the walk takes in the shores of Lake Daylesford and the Wombat Flat mineral spring, which is an ideal place to fill up your drink bottles. There is a short detour to a ‘hidden’ geological feature known as ‘The Tunnel’, before using back tracks and quiet streets to reach Jubilee Lake via an old timber rail bridge above the falls, last used by steam trains. Stay and enjoy the lake or commence the return via a hand made rail way cutting. Soon after is Argus Hill, once a major gold mining area. You’ll see fields of Kangaroo grass and fine views of Daylesford and the Wombat Hill Botanical gardens.
The route also passes by a number of secured mineshafts, mullock heaps and a major Lookout point, so it’s possible to picture the activity that once occurred here. The area is now being restored under various environmental programs.