Pack your active wear when visiting Bendigo because there are plenty of opportunities to experience the city your favourite way, by foot, bike or kayak.
Plan to visit during one of Bendigo’s premier sports and fitness events. The Bendigo Bank Fun Run in November is a great way to see the city’s sights, and the Bendigo International Madison in March offers serious competition on bike and foot.
Join in a local pack of road or off-road cyclists. They’re a friendly lot and welcome all biking enthusiasts for their regular rides. Check out the Bike Bendigo Facebook page and get connected.
Take your pick of the safe walking and cycling trails. The Bendigo Linear Trail cuts through the centre of the city. Cruise past the Bendigo Botanic Gardens, Lake Weeroona and Rosalind Park and get a unique perspective of the suburbs either side.
For a more adventurous journey head straight for the O’Keefe Rail Trail. This 49-kilometre trail follows the historic railway route from Bendigo to Heathcote, passing through river-side Axedale and past forest, farmland and Lake Eppalock.
Eppalock is a favourite spot for fishing and water sports. Set up camp at one of the lake-side caravan parks or make it a day trip, it’s just a 25-minute drive from Bendigo.
Other nearby places to make a priority are Heathcote for bushwalking, Bridgewater on Loddon for fishing, swimming and water skiing, Mount Kooyoora for hiking and climbing and Boort for canoeing and kayaking.
Or simply loop the city’s lakes with the family in White Hills, Kangaroo Flat and Eaglehawk, and stay to play on the adventure playgrounds. Likewise the many parks and gardens are picture-worthy spots to get active.