The Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park, stretching from north of Chewton, south through the Fryerstown and Vaughan Springs areas, encompasses an area of approximately 7,500 hectares. Most of the area is covered with regrowth box-ironbark forest which has been harvested to supply fuel and timber for mines and other local industry.
Things to do
* At the site of the 22 metre Garfield Water Wheel there is a walking track that explains the links between the mine, the stamping battery and the water wheel
* Spring Gully and Eureka Reef are great areas to visit and view as they represent the many mining relics scattered throughout the Reserve. These relics can also be appreciated by following the Mount Alexander Diggings routes. There are also the ruins of an old Welsh Village, other ruined house sites and mineral springs at Vaughan
* Camping at Vaughan Springs provides easy access for regular size caravans and a grassed tent area for those walking the Great Dividing Trail or those after a more basic camping experience. The popular site has a rich cultural history and natural beauty and camping offers visitors the chance to enjoy an extended stay
* In spring, a sharp eye will spot many beautiful wildflowers ranging from wattles to orchids
* Scenic driving, bushwalking, cycling, guided tours and gold fossicking are some of the popular activities in this area
* Fishing for trout, redfin, tench and blackfish is also a popular activity along the Loddon River.
For the latest information on track closures and park access, please see the Parks Victoria website. Be bushfire smart. Follow the Parks Victoria checklist before travelling.