C C M –  Mo u n t  Al e x a n d e r

A map is a graphical representation of a geographical actuality.  However, though some maps are more representative than others, no map is absolutely correct.  The maps on this site are not exempt from this rule.

Mount Alexander Walking Tracks map and the Pine Eradication Program.

Pine trees (Pinus radiata) are scattered throughout the Mount Alexander Regional Park.  These pines originally seeded from timber plantations that were on the western skirts of the Mount Alexander range.  Several organizations including Connecting Country, the Harcourt Valley Landcare Group and Parks Victoria are working to remove the introduced species.  To help systemize this process CCM prepared a set of georeferenced large scale maps.  The Harcourt Valley Heritage and Tourist Centre saw the potential of combining these maps to produce an overall map – Mount Alexander Walking Tracks – for general use.

Mount Alexander Walking Tracks Map

Mount Alexander is in Victoria, Australia – south of Bendigo, east of Castlemaine.  The Goldfields Track (this section of the track is common to the Great Dividing Trail and the Leanganook Track) crosses Mount Alexander.

The intended hardcopy format for this map is nominally A3.  (The map, if printed at A4, is usable in favourable circumstances.)  It is available in two PDF versions: single-sided map only, and double-sided with the map on one side and notes on Mount Alexander on the other.  The double-sided version may be folded into a leaflet format.  First fold the sheet in half with the text on inside, then fold each 'wing' back (that is, with the map on the inside of the fold) in a concertina fashion.

The map is also available in two KMZ versions – medium and high resolution.  Each KMZ version of the map will open in in Google Earth.  The opacity control in the Google Earth sidebar can be used to relate map features to the Google Earth image.

The KMZ versions of the map (the high resolution version will give better detail) can be loaded into Garmin and perhaps other brands of GPS units with map display capabilities.

Maps of the Harcourt District are available on the Harcourt Valley Heritage and Tourism Centre website.

Ambiguities and Uncertainties

Shepherds Flat Lookout is sign posted at some locations in the CDNHP as Shepherds Flat.  Shepherds Flat (not clearly defined) is northwest of the Lookout [HVHTC].


01/04/2015 – Small cave included (200 m west of South Peak).  Timber cover detail in "plantation area" to west of the Regional Park supplemented by field assessment.

21/10/2016 – Some detail around Barkers Creek Reservoir included.  Indistinct track on route to Shepherds Flat Lookout included.  Version number discontinued, date is available in bottom right corner.

17/09/2017 – Minor and cosmetic changes.

Mt Alexander Walking Tracks GPX file of points of interest (waypoints)

Points of interest, POI, also known as waypoints identify salient points within the map for navigation or interest.  The POIs for Mount Alexander are provided in two file formats, GPX which is suitable for loading into Google Earth or GPS units, and a PDF suitable for printing as a hardcopy.  (A hardcopy may prove a useful supplement to the digital file as the POI descriptions are more readily accessed.)

For more information on KMZ files, GPX files, Google Earth and GPS receivers refer to MapToGround Resources.

OziExplorer Users

Download the last two files on the list below for use with OziExplorer.

Mount Alexander Walking Tracks Downloads
Single-sided PDF map for printing at A3 (0.6 MB) Download
Double-sided PDF map and notes for printing at A3 (4.5 MB) Download
Medium resolution KMZ file (3.5 MB, 6 tiles) Download
High resolution KMZ file (10 MB, 20 tiles) Download
Some points of interest as GPX file (5 kB) Download
Listing of above POIs as PDF file (10 kB) Download
Image file for use with OziExplorer (2.5 MB) Download
Matching georeferenced OziExplorer MAP file (4 kB) Download
Pine Eradication Program

The Mount Alexander Pine Eradication Program is coordinated by Connecting Country.

The pine eradication map set consists of 13 large scale maps and an index map.  The working maps are in PNG format and georeferenced with OziExplorer, viz. there is a corresponding MAP file for each PNG file.  The locations of pines have been established from georeferenced aerial photographs and from field work.

the index map (0.9 Mb)
one of the large scale maps (1.2 MB)

Updated: 12/10/17       site management