Lightweight boots are perfectly adequate for The Great Gold Walk. If you are planning to get some new boots, reduce the risk of buying poor fitting boots by trying out 8-10 different boots from different manufacturers. Remember it’s the fit that counts, not the brand or look of the boots. With one pair of thick socks and a second thin pair (or a padded insole), the boots should feel a little tight when first put on. Spend some time walking around the shop in each pair, and do the same at home indoors with the ones you choose before committing to the road (and not being able to return the boots to the shop).
If you buy new boots, try them out for at least 2 or 3 long walks (20k+) beforehand. If you get any blisters at all these boots are not for you, go out and buy another pair and try again. The cost of boots is a small fraction of the total cost of your next 4 or 5 walking trips. Poor fitting boots will make the walk a misery.
A daypack is all that is required; around 20 litres capacity is ideal (or 38 litres if you want to avoid baggage transfer by carrying all your gear). If the pack does not have a water bladder or you prefer water bottles, make sure that the pack has two external pockets for water bottles.
Wet Weather Gear
Take a lightweight waterproof jacket that can pack up small; and lightweight waterproof over-pants. Consider a waterproof cover for your pack. Waterproof passport pouches can also accommodate a mobile ‘phone.
Cold Weather Gear
Carry at least 2 warm layers, you probably will not need them while walking but in the event of an accident or a late arrival, staying warm is important.
You are strongly advised to wear a hat and use sunburn cream. UV levels in Australia can be very high, even in overcast conditions. Baseball style caps are useless in this regard. Get a floppy wide brimmed hat; you will not win a fashion award but you will be reasonably protected from the Australian sun.
It is worthwhile carrying some.
On all days, except Day 1 (Buninyong to Ballarat) and Day 6 (Daylesford to Hepburn Springs), you will need to carry a packed lunch or a few snacks.
You will need to purchase your lunch the day before, but enquire at your accommodation to see if they can make up a lunch for you.
If your partner or friend likes the idea of a trip across this part of Australia but is not into walking, you could hire a car and they can visit different sights and areas each day while you are walking. They can also transport the luggage!
We would be pleased, once you have booked your walk, to provide a list of suggested things to ‘see and do’, if you advise us of your areas of interest.
Pre and Post Travel in Australia
If you are planning to see more of Australia, either before or after your walkng adventure, our partner travel agency can arrange this for you to ensure that you have a ‘seamless’ holiday and see the best of this great country.
Be prepared in case of an incident, which will require a member of your party to spend some unplanned time in the bush. Carry at least, in a daypack:
- Ample water, at least 2 litres per person (avoid drinking water found on the track)
- A warm, sleeved polarfleece
- First aid kit
- A waterproof ‘skin’ jacket
- Sunburn cream
- Snack Bars
- A mobile ‘phone and battery recharger
With your detailed guide book with both maps and route notes way finding should be straightforward.
It is strongly suggested, however, that you bring a compass and know how to use it.