The walk takes you from Buninyong, a small historic town 120 kilometres west of Melbourne, to Bendigo northwest of Melbourne, in a largely northerly direction. The route follows, in the main, the southern part of the Great Dividing Range, which runs down the east coast of Australia then swings around through the State of Victoria.
The route is a mixture of bushwalking and open farmland walking. Much of the bushland areas were where Victoria’s goldrush took place, with alluvial and deep rock mining creating a level of wealth that made Victoria one of the most prosperous places on earth. The bush has long regrown in the mining areas but there are plenty of artefacts to evidence the efforts of those hardworking and highly entreprenurial miners that travelled from distant lands to make their fortune.
This massive wealth provided for the building of attractive towns along the route that, with their outstanding Victorian style architecture, stand in stark contrast to the surrounding Australian bush.
This unique alchemy of Australian landscapes with ‘European’ towns, and friendly Australians, makes this walk a wonderful scenic and cultural journey, allowing you to really get ‘under the skin’ of Australia.
The overall grade of the walk is ‘Moderate’ with the climbing generally gradual. Some of the days are quite long, however, and a reasonably early start is recommended for all but very strong walkers. The last day is a long one but has no major hills.
This is an 11-day walk (224 kilometres), plus 2 rest days. You should allow at least a day at either end for sight seeing, which means a great 15-day Australian experience.