Drinking water beta for Great Dividing Trail

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Drinking water beta for Great Dividing Trail

Postby arhill » Wed 27 Mar, 2024 1:00 pm

Hi - I'll be hiking the Great Dividing Trail this Easter - specifically the Lerderderg, Dry Diggings, and Leanganook sections (northbound).

I'm totally unfamiliar with the area, but I've got a few maps and GPXs of the tracks from the great dividing trail association - and they are in the all alltrails app too - so actually finding my way shouldnt be a problem. I am however, having a lot of trouble finding any good information about drinking water - and really dont want to be carrying days worth at a time.

Can anyone tell me what the water situation on these tracks is - and ideally point me at a resource that lists possible sources ?

Thanks.
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Re: Drinking water beta for Great Dividing Trail

Postby arhill » Fri 12 Apr, 2024 12:17 pm

..I'll reply to my own post, 'cause now I know ... it was a great walk - took me 7 days. As I feared - water was a challenge - although contrary to expectations, only the Lerderderg section was a problem. I got pretty dehydrated in that section - and it would have been worse, if not for a lucky accident - I missed a turn, and discovered a lovely campsite and water source at Margarets corner.

Dry diggings and Leanganook were not so much of a problem, for probably 3 reasons - 1. There was a significant weather event on the 3rd night - 45mm of rain in 8 hours - cooled things down a lot, and meant the creeks were running - even tho I didnt actually need to dip into them, because 2. The touristy mineral springs, and 3. The trail follows a couple of aquaducts into Castlemaine and especially Bendigo. Also, aside from Mt Alexander and Dog rocks, the Leanganook section is pretty easy / fast compared to the others.

..so in the dry and heat, I really needed to be better at finding water or carrying 6+ liters for the Lerderderg section (I was carrying less than 4), and for the other two sections, 3 or 4 liters would have been plenty. (of course, I carried 6+ for these).
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Re: Drinking water beta for Great Dividing Trail

Postby Casparvitch » Fri 12 Apr, 2024 12:25 pm

Aside from the water, how did you like the track?

Any particular sections you'd recommend/avoid?
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