East Ovens River Track

Harrietville Victoria 3741

  • Walk type: Half Day
  • Grade: Grade 3
  • Distance: 13 km
Walk Description

Some bushwalking experience recommended. Formed track with some obstacles and gentle hills. Sign posted.

Starting at the Tronoh Dredge, the track runs east of the Bon Accord Track along the Ovens River. Follow the east branch until the end and return the way you came. Please note there are river crossings along the track.

The gate at the beginning of the East Ovens Track is the point where the East Ovens river was diverted by the Tronoh Dredge Company in 1948 to allow the Tronoh Dredge to operate without affecting the quality of the river water.

There are large alluvial workings visible after passing the gate and going upstream, much of which was carried out by Chinese Syndicates. The rock work that is readily seen was stacked there by the miners and was residue that occurred after sluicing the gold bearing gravel from the original river banks. It was stacked so work could continue and used for a number of purposes including chimneys for huts, water channels and retaining walls.

About a kilometre from the gate are the remains of the Bright Star Dredge. Depending on river conditions sections of the pontoon and dredge buckets can sometimes be seen in the River Bed. On the eastern bank are large pieces of metal chutes and other remnants. Also on the bank are the remains of a large chimney from a hut established there in an earlier time.

At the end of the East Ovens Track we have the site of an earlier diversion of the river cut through solid rock on the horse shoe bend of the river. The purpose of this diversion was to drain the original bed so it could be worked for the gold bearing gravel. This was a small river claim possibly dating from the 1880s.