posted on 27 Jul 20 | by Explore Bendigo

Enjoy 350km of Dedicated Paths and Trails...

Bendigo has long had a reputation as a cycling-friendly city, whether it's riding to work, racing or take your family on a leisurely weekend ride. With the annual International Madison drawing in over 6,000 visitors from the around the globe and Olympic cyclists hailing from the region, spotting lycra-on-bikes has always been a common sight. Now, with new tracks and trails connecting the city, it’s never been easier for any age or stage to get on their bike.

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Explore the City By Bike

The Bendigo Creek Trail connects many of Bendigo’s major landmarks and offers an easy and safe way for families to explore the city. Colourful street art dotted along the trail provides added interest amongst the beauty of a variety of trees filled with bird life. A number of tracks have been mapped out to provide simple ways to enjoy many of Bendigo's major attractions.

The Parks to Pottery Path will take you from Rosalind Park, past Lake Weeroona and the pretty Bendigo Botanic Gardens, ending at Australia’s oldest working pottery.

Alternatively you can head in the opposite direction on the Tramways to Cafes Path which leads from the fascinating Bendigo Tramways Depot along the Spring Gully Trail past a variety of coffee shops – all with space to sit in the sunshine with your bike. Slight inclines, a good surface, and a couple of great BMX tracks that will definitely appeal to the kids, ensure these rides are certainly family-friendly.

Download a copy of these family-friendly paths here.
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Seeking More Action & Adventure?

If you’re seeking a little more action when it comes to two-wheel fun, then Spring Gully Mountain Bike Park is the perfect place to start. A choose-your-own-adventure area offering a variety of tracks and paths, this is a space that is great fun for mountain bikers and BMXers alike.

For a little more distance in your ride, the O’Keefe Rail Trail will take you 49km from Bendigo to Heathcote along the old railway line – past waterways, stunning bushland, recreation reserves and a couple of great country pubs!

Serious MTB riders will love the picturesque Goldfields Track. Point-to-point, the track runs 210km through historic towns, beautiful forests and glorious countryside.

For stunning vistas, the La Larr Ba Gauwa Mountain Bike Park enjoys 34km of mountain biking trails across granite outcrops with jumps, drops, a variety of technical features and absolutely spectacular views. Multiple tracks suit different levels of skills, giving all thrill-seeking riders some great fun.

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Refuel Your Body

Throughout Bendigo city, there are many awesome cafes just off the cycling tracks, offering the ideal spot to park the bike, sit and watch the world go by.

Great coffee and wonderful food can be found in the centre of town at Bay Leaf Food Store, The Good Loaf, Café Essence and Café Velo. Head out towards Lake Weeroona and Percy and Percy is a great place to stop, or check out Quarry Hill Café if you’re headed across the other side of town. With outside seating and room to prop up the bike whilst you sit and relax, there’s plenty of choice when it’s time to rest weary legs.

Looking for more great places to grab a bite to eat or drink, click here.
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A Place To Rest

If you’re travelling a distance to visit the region, you’ll be looking for a place to lay your head…and if you’ve brought your bike along for the journey then you'll want comfort and proximity to all the cycling tracks and trails!

Bridge Haven and DeBeers Townhouses are centrally located, while BIG4 Park Lane Holiday Park will get you easy access to the O'Keefe Rail Trail.  You'll be perfectly positioned to get yourself on the right path in no time at all.

Alternatively, the Mercure Bendigo Schaller offer a central location ideal for work or play with bike rental and racks available for use for guests.

If you’re seeking a bike station and good undercover storage, then have a chat to the team at Stay Social to ensure that your bike is in good hands when you’re not on board. Or you can use their complimentary fleet of bikes to explore the city.

For more accommodation options, click here.