West Gippsland Relic,Mining and Heritage Protection Inc.

10 Little Acre Close, Langwarrin. 3910. Victoria.
Telephone: (03) 9789 6985 Facsimile: (03) 9776 6798 Mobile: 0428 534 102
Email: info@westgippslandinc.com.au
Website: www.westgippslandinc.com.au

ABN: 264 733 519 16

Proudly maintaining

The'ABERFELDY TRACK' Historic Touring Route jointly with DELWP


Our Inc. relies on donations to fund the maintenance, extensions, Free Maps and any damage incurred. It does not get funded by the government or organisation.

100% of money goes to the upkeep of the Project. All labour is voluntary, and no money goes to any individual.

If you don’t want to be a member but would still like to donate, please click on the above Paypal Donate Button.

Donations can start from as little as $5.

Any amount is much appreciated.

Order your 'Aberfeldy Track' sticker and support our project.

Stickers are $5 each plus $2 postage.

No matter how many are purchased, you pay no more than $2 in total for postage. Quality vinyl stickers.

100% of all sales go back into the maintenance of the project.

Sticker size is 210mm x 120mm

Click here to order your stickers





Founded by Rudi Paoletti, the West Gippsland Relic Mining and Heritage Protection Inc was created to protect, restore and rediscover many of the historical sites in the gold mining area between Walhalla and Jamieson. Rudi has been researching the area for over twenty years and now leads a team of volunteers that run many exciting expeditions to locate these historical sites and endeavour to learn more about a bygone era.

Much work has been completed on the historic cemeteries at Store Point, Jericho and Red Jacket with several other lone graves located and signposted. Mining sites, hut sites, hotels (shanties) and townships are also part of the exploration work and are incorporated into the touring route which traverses some of the most beautiful, scenic four wheel drive routes across the Great Divide.

Over one hundred interpretative signs have been installed on the Aberfeldy Track Back Road Tour, telling many fascinating stories of the gold mining history from the late 1850's to the early 1900's. Along with many walking tracks and eight side trips into historic sites, the Aberfeldy Track is one of the largest European historical touring routes in the Southern Hemisphere. West Gippsland Relic Mining & Heritage Protection Inc. work closely with land managers such as the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and Parks Victoria, as well as authorities such as Heritage Victoria, Melbourne Water and the municipalities of Baw Baw and Mansfield Shires, to ensure sites are protected and that some of the smaller communities along the route benefit economically from increasing tourism into the area. Many of these communities have been devastated financially from bushfires, either directly or threatened, over past years. Several four wheel drive clubs have volunteered their services to assist maintain areas along the Aberfeldy Track, but to continue restoration work and replacement of signage, improvements to infrastructure and provision of new interpretative signage to sites that are newly discovered, at least $5000 is required to be raised each year.

You can play a part in helping to protect these important historical heritage sites for future generations to come by donating or becoming a member.

Please note, maintenance and repairs to vandalised signage on the ‘Aberfeldy Track’ touring route is paid for entirely by West Gippsland Relic, Mining & Heritage Protection Inc.




We have 2 types of memberships; Standard and Life.



Cost? Standard Membership: $50 for a 12 month period or see below for a LIFE MEMBERSHIP

Do we get a Tax Invoice? Yes, a tax invoice will be either emailed or mailed to you. Tax deductible because our organisation is non-profit.

What do I get being a member? You get regular expedition updates, new finds, inclusion on new projects and all the latest information. You also get to be part of the team by joining in and coming along to any of our expeditions to find new hotels, mines, graves, etc. ( see conditions below). You also get to share our rare information, files, manuscripts, etc via our online Cloud.

What happens with the money we pay? The Incorporation is non-profit. All monies are spent directly into providing signage, materials, etc to protect and preserve our historic sites. See below on what so far we have done and spent.

What area do you cover and protect? We cover from Walhalla to Jamieson. Covering such areas as Donnellys Creek, Aberfeldy, Woods Point, Enochs Point, etc

What is our aim? I have been researching the area now for more than 20 years and have found over 1,000 sites previously lost in time. Our aim is to restore, protect, signpost and catalogue high impact historical sites against further damage and loss. All sites are also entered in the Heritage Victoria Database for further protection.

Do we work alongside government departments and other organisations? Yes we do. Heritage Victoria, Melbourne Water, Parks Victoria and DELWP (Department of Environment, Land, & Water Protection) are our main government departments. We work alongside them for a common cause. We are also affiliated with FWD Victoria and work alongside four wheel drive clubs that adopt our sites.

Expedition Conditions:

1. Some expeditions are limited in numbers, so it is always best to book in early once date is announced
2. One membership covers yourself, partner, your parents and your children only. Any other family member/ friend individuals are most welcome to sign up on the day.

Please click here to see conditions and how you can bring a "visitor".


Cost? $300 once off cost for life

This membership has all the above, but it is a once off fee for life.






115 Ricketts Rd, Mt. Waverley.

03 95444 000 (4wd & Automotive)


15.10.13 O'Tooles Large interp $423.50
28.1.14 Misc. inc. stuff for Meringtons Walk Installation of Map Stations, Cast Iron Point sign and various $1,600.00
28.1.14 Kellys Vandalised Kellys Sign replaced and blades $425.00
8.12.13 Binns Road Directional Pole Knocked over. Removed & relocated, no damage, needed concrete mix bag only $6.50
7.6.14 Blue Jacket Interp needs refixing with concrete $6.50
8.6.14 Water Trough Erected safety steel rails (DEPI paid for) NIL
9.6.14 Smoko Point Perspex mounted over soldier signatures to protect from vandalism $73.00
12.10.14 Edwards Reef Loation sign damaged by tree- replaced… DEPI paid sign, we paid post & concrete $35.00
12.10.14 Morning Star Waterwheel Walk Erected 3 x distance marker posts, Rec 07 hut symbols x 2, Tullamore Location sign, distance marker to Crinoline $120.00
18.10.14 Hanging Rock New interp and 30 minute return symbol $205.00
27.10.14 Wiskas Grave New interp $197.00
18.10.14 Aberfeldy Erected roof on large sign - paid by Baw Baw Shire NIL
26.10.14 Meringtons Walk See …..28.1.14 See 28.1.14
27.10.14 Aberfeldy Walkway bridge $115.00
31.01.15 Jericho Steps at Father and Son & Chinamans Point stakes $4.40ec 2.4m timber $12.60 $152.20
14.3.15 Landys Dream Steps at Landy's Dream screws $19.99 x 100 of $105.00
14.3.15 Toombon Walking Track Toombon Track mapping and checking and clean up to Haunted House NIL
14.3.15 Cast Iron Point M.water sign repair $65
15.3.15 Fultons Creek Shift signs around $21.00
11.6.15 Store Point / Toombon Padlocks for gates $77.98
27.6.15 Jericho Red Jacket Stakes are $5.25 and $6.95each plus $801.90 interp stuff plus concrete $112.50 $980.80
27.6.15 Red Jack School Site Retaining wall for school site $120.00
24.7.15 Finished off Red Jacket area interps 5 bags of concrete $48.65
23.7.15 Binns Bolts to repair damage and 2 bags of concrete and Porters Historic Blade $113.00
22.8.15 Steps for gibbs and shortem New steps installed at both locations, fixed historic blade at Romes $200.00
3.9.15 Bark Hut / Store Point Replace vandalised pole, with bag concrete as well, Rick Muir pays for damaged signs- we installed it as well as a new map station and replace Schoolhouse sign $315.00
17.10.15 Aberfeldy Crossing / Aberfeldy Bridge / Toombon Instal bridge and steps at Aberfeldy Crossing and instal final Rec07 sign at Toombon - Screws, steel stakes, timber, rec07 post, symbols, etc $170.00
17.10.15 Merringtons replace Merringtons vandalised sign, also fixed damaged pole at Dogs Grave, as well as repairing bullet holes at Mountain Town and Eldorado. $275
9.1.16 Kitty Cane / replace Bridget Romes Steps and new cross $36.25… no charge for interps.. paid by DELWP because of contractor damage $38.00
31.1.16 Kellys Steps installed by 3 $62.00
17.3.16 Germans bridge - View Point steps Re-cut bridge and applied chicken wire for anti slip for Germans walkway. Put in 3 steps at View Point site $45.00
19.9.16 Christina Shaw Interp Phil $30 Interp: $535 concrete $4 $569.00
8.10.16 Red Jacket Steps Steel stakes, screws and cypress timber x 30 steps - plus catering $140.00 $567.11
9.10.16 Matlock Map Station At Grants Reserve $60.00
15.10.16 Store Point Bridge Steel $49.29- plus catering $294.00 concrete mix $120 plus dynabolts $14.88 nails $15.98 blades $34.50 burial $22.50 steps $70 $621.15
22.10.16 Morningstar Steps Steps and repair old DELWP steps $30.00
1.10 to 31.10.16 Historic cemetery signs Replace historic markers with historic grave/ cemeteries etc x 13 $1,235.00
3.12.16 Smoko Point Replaced interp that was stolen $535
4.12.16 Matlock Cemetery Installed historic marker $95
9.1.17 Boarding House - Kitty Cane Short walking track. 4x rec07 posts and various symbols and historic marker; boarding house sign $34.50 concrete and steps x 10 $195
11/1/17 Various locations Install x 10 brochure holders plus map station at Gaffney's Creek $200
22.1.17 Webbers Point 2 x rec and 3 symbols, historic marker and pole $115 and interp $247.50 $362.50
22.1.17 Binns Replace location sign and interp plate - all donated Nil
13.8.17 Murderers Hill Repair broken pole an marker $7
13.8.17 Aberfeldy Place chicken wire on walkway bridge N/C
31.8.17 Various Locations Repair Aberfeldy Sign pole, repair shot historic marker at Bald Hill, adjust Matlock directional marker and repair bent McMillans Interp sign. N/C
1.9.17 Woods Point walk map Map, and map stations $753.50 stations $20 each x 4 stations $80 $833.50
1.9.17 Toombon Walk Haunted house directional sign plate $35.75
7.10.17 Shafts at Jollys & Symbol DELWP paid for fence around shaft.. replace faulty symbol along walk $7
7.10.17 Binns Gully Phil $30 sikaflex $18.98 spray primer and top coat $18 post $64.33 rec07 x 3 $60 post and blade $120 symbols $60 interp $82.50 $453.81
9.10.17 Store Point Sports Ground Replace stolen post and historic marker $120
31.08.18 McEvoys Track Replace blades ar Muderers Hil, Dawes and Point View- stolen or damaged by contarctors $300
Merington's Walk River sign $8.00
Cast Iron Point plate sign $55
Coopers Creek Cemetery $360 grave surround
22.01.18 Joss House Red Jacket Sign $35.75 rec post $10 historic marker $95 bracket $ nil $140.75
Plane Crash Phil $30
30.6.18 Toombon Sign Board Phil $30 signboard $110.00 stikaflex $12.40 concrete steps stakes $15 $182.04 frame $349.44

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