|Map sourced from www.gdt.org.au|
The softly undulating track winds through ripped up mining traces, gigantic eucalpyt tree forests, lovely looping singletrack and rutted forestry roads.
There are large populations of bouncy native mammals crashing about and abundant birdlife squawking and flapping and yahooing around.
Resupply is easy but water can be scarce.
I walked from Bendigo to Bacchus Marsh in May, 2022. Almost always alone, I met no other walkers, only a few mountain bikers and camped where ever I wanted.
No access issues, no dumb bogans, very little road walking.
If you want a budget friendly, easily accessible, week long hike near Melbourne then the GDT is a fantastic option. I had a mighty time, lets crack on...
|Map sourced from Google Maps.|
Getting To the Trailhead:
Bendigo and Bacchus Marsh are served by regular Vline trains that shuttle back and forth many times a day to and from Southern Cross station in central Melbourne.
The trip up to Bendigo took around 2 hours and cost around $24, off peak fare.
I purchased a Myki card from a machine for $6 (non refundable) and added $32 credit onto it to cover the fare to Bendigo and also the fare from Bacchus Marsh back to Melbourne a week later (around $6).
Vline train fares and timetable here.
Note: There is no formal signage at these train stations announcing the GDT terminus'.
- Bendigo itself has a Woolworths supermarket and shops right beside the train station.
- Castlemaine has IGA supermarkets and shops and the trail goes right into town.
- Daylesford is a really cool and yes, touristy town with a Coles supermarket and loads of cafes.
- Blackwood has a great Post Office/ Cafe with a good bakery and coffee.
- Bacchus Marsh has a Coles supermarket and shops and is easy to navigate.