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Ross Goldfields Water Race walk

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Time: 45 minutes return Features Rainforest, gold history, relics, old cemetery.

Starting from the information centre carpark, the track initially follows Mt Greenland Road for about 15 minutes, before reaching the signposted forest track on the right side of the road. The track climbs to an old water race, which it follows through regenerating native forest, passing numerous old gold workings including tunnels, several dam sites and a replica miner's hut. After passing through the original Ross Cemetery, the walkway exits at the top of St James Street, with a short walk back to the carpark. This is a walk that people of a medium to low level of fitness would enjoy.


6 reviews with the most recent first

Kerry Painter's avatar

Kerry Painter

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

A great family walk. Even though the path is quite steep at times for younger children there are plenty of sights to keep them interested such as the miners hut, the cemetery and the small tunnels.

Reviewed 10 months ago

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Harriet Holm


Ranking: 9/10

Lovely forest walk.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Ray Coombe


Ranking: 9/10

Interesting and informative restoration of historic buildings and walk around mining sites and cemetery etc.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in November 2011

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J Meindersma


Ranking: 8/10

Track one hour.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Tom Bos


Ranking: 8/10


Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Ranking: 7/10

Nice walk with some explanations of the gold mining history.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in April 2009