posted on 01 Jun 20 | by Explore Bendigo

It's A Great Time To Get Outdoors & Explore

There's nothing better for you then getting outdoors and breathing in the fresh air and feeling the sun on your face.  It’s a great time to get out, explore and stretch your legs in your own backyard.  Not only is it great for you physically, but it’s also a great way to help improve your mental wellbeing and keep sane.

So where are some of Bendigo’s best spots to get outdoors and breathe in some fresh air?  Well our team have road-tested each and every one of these and it doesn’t matter if you want to run, walk, hike or cycle, we’ve got the spot for you!  Check out our list below for some great inspo for your next outdoor venture.

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1. Rosalind Park

If you’re looking for something to suit everyone’s needs, look no further than Rosalind Park in the heart of Bendigo’s CBD.  We’re talking 60 acres of lush lawns, ornate statues, shady trees, a fernery, an historic conservatory and so much more.  
If you’re up for the challenge, it’s a great spot for hill runs.  If you’re looking for spectacular views then head for Camp Hill at the top of the park, where you can climb the Poppet Head for 360 degree views of our beautiful city – it’s worth the climb!

To find out more about Rosalind Park, click here.
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2. Bendigo Creek Trail

If you’re after a trail with twists and turns and everchanging scenery, then this is it.  Running through the heart of Bendigo there’s plenty to see and do that will keep you coming back for more.   The trail can take you past some of Bendigo’s most historic icons and attractions, from Central Deborah Gold Mine to Bendigo Pottery, and reveals Bendigo’s grand architecture, bushland, street art and beautiful streetscapes. It’s definitely a favourite!

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3. Bendigo Botanic Gardens

If you’re looking for wide open spaces, this is it!  It’s ideal with social distancing (still front of mind) and perfect for enjoying family fun in an open space.  Best of all you’re surrounded by beautiful gardens.  With playgrounds now reopening, your kids will love the Alice in Wonderland inspired play space complete with a secret garden, oversized throne chairs, hedges, hidden mirror and other treasures to explore.    

For more info on the Bendigo Botanic Gardens, click here.
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4. Lake Weeroona  

If there’s a local favourite amongst the list, it’s more than likely to be this one.  Lake Weeroona is the place to be for walkers, joggers, rowers and their furry companions.  A leisurely stroll around the lake will take approximately 20 minutes.  But it’s the convenience, picturesque views, takeaway coffees, homemade gelato and kids playground that make this a number one pick.

For more information on Lake Weeroona, click here.
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5. O’Keefe Rail Trail

If you’re into walking or riding, the O’Keefe Rail Trail is becoming a growing hot spot if you’re looking to go that little bit further.  Stretching from Bendigo to Heathcote, the full journey one way is 49km.  There are plenty of different spots along the trail that you can start and return, and all this while passing through some spectacular natural bushland, past waterways and recreation reserves.  
This one is also pet-friendly, has plenty of rest stops, and bike repair stations along the way. 

For all you're O'Keefe Rail Trail information, click here.
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6. Crusoe Reservoir 

Nestled on the edge of Bendigo you’ll find this little gem and it’s full of opportunities.  As the name suggests it’s a reservoir and water activities such as fishing, canoeing and stand up paddle boarding are very popular.  If you’re keen to stay on dry land you can walk, run or cycle along the perimeter (3.3km loop) with great tracks easily accessible for all abilities.  Plus you might even stumble upon a hidden pine forest. 
Crusoe Res is also home to extensive native vegetation and wildlife, so please leave your fur babies at home. 

Want more information about Crusoe Reservoir? Click here.
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7. Canterbury Gardens

This is one of the city’s most underrated parks, but only because it sit on the outer suburbs of Bendigo.  It boasts some 35 acres of gorgeous historic gardens, including Lake Neangar and Lake Tom Thumb.  It’s central feature is an iconic ornamental water fountain and the gardens are well known for their extensive Dahlia collection.  Be sure to put Canterbury Gardens in Eaglehawk on your must visit list. In addition to all this you’ll find the most amazing Mulga Bill inspired play space for kids of all ages and abilities (Eaglehawk Regional Play Space).  So run, walk, play or cycle, this one is a must do!

Discover more about the beautiful Canterbury Gardens here.
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8. Lake Eppalock 

If water-based activities are your jam, then Lake Eppalock is for you.  With plenty of wide-open spaces and water, it’s spot on for fishing and boating activities or a little bird watching.  Lake Eppalock is a short 30 minute drive from Bendigo and is sure to keep you occupied for hours.  Plus dogs are welcome.

Explore Lake Eppalock here.
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9. Kennington Reservoir

Kennington is a popular choice for many locals for bushwalking, fishing and running.  You’ll find great walking tracks, fishing platforms and ample parking.  Plus, it also links up and connect to nearby bushland reserves, the Strathdale Park Sports Precinct, the Strathdale Park Play Space (playground for all abilities) and the Harcourt Dog Park.
Nearby you also have access to shopping facilities and cafes.  After all, you’ve probably worked up an appetite and need to quench that thirst.

For more information on Kennington Reservoir and surrounds, click here.
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10. One Tree Hill

If you’re looking for a little more of a challenge, check out One Tree Hill.  As the name suggests, the challenge is uphill, 3km from base to the tower at the top.  There’s a sealed road to walk or if going off-road and following a goat track through the bush is more your thing, you’ll enjoy this one.  The area is also used for mountain biking and there’s no signage so be cautious.  The One Tree Hill walk will get your heart rate up, that’s for sure!

Image credit: Jared Scott Imagery

For more details about One Tree Hill, click here.