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Cycling Round Ballarat

13 June 2017

Cycling round Ballarat

Either bring your own cycle or pop down to reception and arrange hire of the bikes we have on-site.  Children’s bikes can be arranged with prior notice.  We are partnered with Goldfields Bike Tours


Goldfields Bike Tours


Lake Wendouree itself is situated just a few minutes’ drive from the hotel.  It is a man-made lake, and former host of the rowing and canoeing for the 1956 Olympics.  The track record for running the track stands at 16 minutes and 10 seconds set by Steve Moneghetti himself!

A popular spot for cyclists & runners of all ages, and a lovely walk for those who just want to appreciate the scenery.

Running between Ballarat and Skipton through native grasslands, past historical gold mining sites and over an impressive trestle bridge near Newtown.  The trail starts at Wendouree Station and follows a former railway opened in the 1890’s.

Completely resurfaced in 2008, the trail reveals sights and structures from Victoria's gold mining and rail histories and breathtaking farmlands and bushlands alive with native birds and wildflowers.

Learn about the history of the area along the way as you pass the former Chinese settlement site at Nintingbool, numerous railway remains and timber trestle bridges. The largest and most impressive of these, Nimmons Bridge, is best viewed from the track below the bridge and across the creek.

Stop along the way in small towns such as Linton with its nineteenth century church and local craft markets, and Smythesdale with its many historic buildings.

The trail can be found on the western side of Ballarat where it crosses the Avenue of Honour. It is suitable for the whole family.

Distance: 53km
Duration: 5 hours
Track: Gravel
Grade: Flat
Start: Ballarat
Finish: Skipton.

Cycle or walk alongside the Yarrowee River between the Gong Gong Reservoir Park and the hamlet of Magpie. Pass by forests and wetlands, paddocks and native plantings and into the city streets of Ballarat.

The Yarrowee River Trail forms part of the Gold|fields Track and links several bushland reserves with other areas of ecological significance. The trail is divided into two sections – the northern and southern sections – each starting from Ballarat Railway Station. To ride the whole trail in one go, stay on Peel Street as you come through the CBD.

Distance: 16 kilometres (one way from Gong Gong Reserve to Magpie)
Start/finish: Ballarat Railway Station 
Track: Mostly unsealed (except CBD). Mountain bikes recommended, especially for northern section. 
Grade: Moderate with several short sharp ascents and descents and several road crossings. 
Nearby: Ballarat

  • The Goldfields Track:  Goldfields Track
  •  Mt Buninyong to Bendigo
    Distance: 210km
    Surface: Cross country
    Grade: Ungraded
    Open: No seasonal closures
    Fees: Free, camping fees may apply
    Wheelchair accessible: No

The Goldfields Track takes you through sensational lands once so rich in gold deposits they made Melbourne the wealthiest city in the world. 

Beginning from the heights of Mt Buninyong just south of Ballarat, the Goldfields Track takes bushwalkers and mountain bikers north through the historic towns of Ballarat, Creswick, Daylesford and Castlemaine, before finishing in Bendigo. The trail has wonderful sections of singletrack that cuts through a diverse landscape of bush, granite boulders and scenic farmland.