Walkers almost home after trek from Robe to Ballarat

TWO local men who set off on a journey to walk from the South Australian town of Robe to Ballarat will arrive home today.

The father and son team of Charles and Oscar Zhang spent their night in Burrumbeet before their last day of walking. 

Mr Zhang said he encouraged locals to join them for the last part of their walk today. 

The group will leave Burrumbeet at 8am before arriving at Arch of Victory at 12.30pm and continuing on and arriving at the Town Hall at 1.30pm.

They will then make their final stop at Sovereign Hill at 3pm. 

The pair, who have been joined by other walkers along the journey, have experienced all kinds of weather along the 15-day trip, including hail and searing heat. 

Mr Zhang said his legs were very tired after the journey but his mind was very positive given he was close to the finish. 

The trek was the same path travelled by Chinese immigrants in search of gold in the 1850s.

“We had heard of this story but we couldn’t get many stories or evidence about the Chinese who would have walked from Robe to here,” he said. 

This was part of the reason Mr Zhang decided to organise the walk. 

Mr Zhang said from 1856 to 1857, 17,000 Chinese were registered as arriving in Ballarat. 

He said he had heard many stories along the way about Chinese immigrants and their journey. 

The pair have averaged more than 30 kilometres a day.

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